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  • My teacher said:

    “You have a terrific sense of curiosity.”

    I didn’t understand why he offered it as a compliment.

    Until a smile I once returned a passing stranger turned into a job offer.

    Until a lesson in love came from asking a train conductor about the anchor tattoo on her left ring finger (it’s her wedding ring).

    Until a question about a stranger’s rock climbing gear turned into an hour of stories about getting busted by German police for fishing without a license and trading a job at a whiskey distillery for a shot at a Ph.D. in chemistry.

    Now, I knock and watch doors open.

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