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  • I got this box in the mail from Brussels some months ago. No letter. No explanation. Just tops.

    A few days later, an e-mail from him read “Step 1: explore without destroying”.

    I met ‘him’ 25 years ago. It was definitely a stupid crush. Or so my friends kept saying. Not that every other girl in the school had not noticed the handsome new guy. But he hadn’t noticed me. That was for sure. I was 14, and invisible.

    So when my partner for an exercise in PE class hurt his ankle and he -yes, the handsome new guy- called me by my name and asked if he could take my partner’s place, my legs stumbled and I almost fell face down. What happened next is part of a different story.

    Now, 25 years later, we are in separate continents. Much happened between now and then, mostly a while back, in short bursts of rebellion against the fate (or just plain circumstances) that separated us a couple of years after we met, and kept us apart. If I had to count the days we spent together, I’d say around 102, give and take 30.

    I don't know what kind of communication will be in use by then, or if I’ll make it to that age, but I'm pretty sure that when I’m 80, we’ll still be sharing the big and small things in our lives with each other.

    The tops spun and danced on the floor. Now they are back inside the box, and on my bookshelf.

    “Step 2: Ask questions.”
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