We were walking down Las Ramblas in Barcelona, a few years ago, enjoying the beautiful spring evening.
A woman stopped us… An American.
She told us that someone had stolen her bags and her purse, leaving her with no money and no place to stay.
She rather looked like an old hippie (takes one to know one), long, graying hair, Birkenstocks, jeans…
She explained that she had called her brother in California and he was wiring money to her but she wouldn't be able to get it until morning.
She'd overheard us talking, knew we were fellow Americans, and was wondering if we could possibly give her some money to buy a sandwich…. To tide her over…
Of course, we gave her some money, kind, generous folks that we are.
Six months later….
Same woman, same story.
She got about 2 sentences in to the routine when mon mari snapped: "We gave last time".
A few months later, I hear an "Excuse me". I turned around, it was her…
She didn't even speak; just walked away.
Another few months went by.
Once gain, we were walking down Las Ramblas.
Once again, we spotted her.
This time, mon mari just walked up to her and handed her a few coins.
She was speechless.
Over the ensuing years we developed a relationship of sorts. Whenever she saw us, she would come over and warn us about a pickpocket, or a thief… Or maybe just tell us about another beggar that was or was not worthy of our largess.
We always gave her something in exchange.
The last few times we were in Barcelona we didn't see her.
Funny how people can cross our paths, leaving no appreciable impression, and, yet, still we remember them clearly.
I wonder what happened to her….
I miss spring in Barcelona…..
Avocado, Asparagus and Tomato Salad
4oz (125gr) cherry tomatoes
8oz (250gr) asparagus
2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tbs olive oil
Mix soy sauce, vinegar and oil in a medium bowl.
Roll cut asparagus into 1 1/2 (4cm) lengths. Blanch in boiling water for 2 minutes. Refresh in cold water; add to bowl with vinaigrette.
Cut avocado into cubes; add to asparagus. Slice cherry tomatoes in half; add to asparagus. Add chives. Stir well to combine and serve.
Do you have any ephemeral persons in your past?