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  • It has been a month since he has told me that he’d be sending me the present, but my memory only hoped so long. After that, I dismissed the thought as being conspicuous and unnecessarily hopeful. And then, a month later, it has to land on my dining table, today.

    I value the gift, not in terms of its expense, but with the meaningfulness it comes with and it’s profound significance to the author. His insights are beautiful as is his approach to life: adventurous. He is touring Russia at the moment, so I couldn’t exactly pass on my thanks. ‘If i am as lucky as to get internet there, I’ll write to you soon, i promise.’ he said and he left on that note, and before he did, he sent me pictures of egrets nesting very near Strasbourg. Just beautiful.

    I opened the package and read the letter by the sunbeams by my window today afternoon. It’s a beautiful gift and a truly amazing letter. The paper is so french, and the handwriting so elegant, patient. It’s a poster of earth as first captured by Voyager.
    I remember the time when Jupiter and Venus were in formation, and he went to his university tower to capture them, and also happened to chance across a shooting star in the same frame. it excited him beyond measure, and he instantly sent me the picture with exhilaration in every syllable he spoke, the sort of true passion for the cosmos.

    “I sit here alone in my lab and type, there is no one in the towers of the university. All is so calm at night and I’ve captured one of the most spectacular beauties in the sky. I dedicate this picture to you.” he wrote. That picture was a something.

    I took the poster and pinned it to my wall
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