Periodically I have talked about my friends in Argentina. In 2009 I traveled there and was hosted by the most beautiful people whom I’d only met via email. So warm and generous with their time and attention. Highlights were: getting stuck (for a short time) in a nation-wide airline strike and being on the only plane to leave Bueno Aries for Villa Maria. A sister of one of my hosts, who had never met me in her life, vacating her apartment and handing it over to me for my stay. A beautiful university campus where I was honored to be a guest speaker for 10 days. A music department whose ‘final’ exam was to compose and perform their own music. (Amazing!) A high school putting on a play which I was able to attend and teach an impromptu, master-class in acting. And visiting a dairy farm where ‘frozen’ sperm was the subject of the day (lol) and how that was accomplished.
Since that time I have been in close contact with one of the professors, Mariana Falco, and I consider her the dearest of friends.
Mariana in center. Fulbrigh teaching assistant at St. Mary´s College
She also teaches English as a second language to adult students. She is a lovely, giving person and a wonderful teacher.
Mariana and her class Skype with me and we have a hilarious time! There is no language barrier when there is love!
So, yesterday, the class surprised me by sending me a poem that they had written….(I blush)…about me!
TRISHA SUGAREK (by O.Lopez and Classmates)
Cierro mis ojos, en letargo Close my eyes, lethargy overtakes me
Creo ver en mi sueño I think I see in my dream
Su diminuta pero firme mano her tiny, but, firm hand
Un mágico movimiento a magical movement
Esta se deslizaba sobre el papel this slides on the paper
Sosteniendo el lápiz entre sus dedos holding the pencil between her fingers
Las palabras que habitan en su mente the words that inhabit in her mind,
Sabias ellas……….van cayendo wise them, begin to drop
Toda la sabiduría en la hoja all the wisdom on the paper
Testigo fiel de lo que ella quiere decir the faithful witness of what she wants
De repente se detiene Suddenly, she stops
Lee atentamente …… y vueve a leer reads attentively and reads again
Entrecierra sus ojos squints her eyes
Y una bonachona sonrisa and a good-nature smile
Ilumina su rostro lights up her face
Sus pupilas se agrandan e iluminan her pupils get enlarged and illuminate
Detrás de los lentes se ilumina y…piensa Behind her glasses, she lights up and
Y se dice a si misma and she says to herself
Si es un buen trabajo,sencillo y correcto it is a good work, simple, and precise
Su nombre es Trisha, una gran escritora her name is Trisha, a great writer
Y es…………¡nuestra amiga!! And she’s ………our friend!!!