I slid down into a too small chair at the elementary school table, futilely arranging my legs in a way that reduced the risk of injury and cramps. Despite my fatigue, I fairly bounced with my big news of the day. Pat and Haruki sat across from me, fresher and more energetic, their day finished long before mine, but causing them to miss entirely the big event of the day. “How was the rest of it?” Pat asked.
“We got ice cream!” I blurted out. While my six foot frame may not have fit the elementary school, my pure unadulterated joy in the frozen treat certainly did. I felt completely silly in my excitement. Until Franck leaped up, almost toppling his chair.
“You too?!” He blurted out, his English tripping over his strong French accent. “I did not know ‘helado’. They show me a photo! Ice cream! Oh-la-la! My eyes…
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