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  • A man stopped me in a cafe and asked me to take a picture of him. He had two full beers in front of him, and carefully placed one in front of the seat next to him. He asked that I get both seats in the picture, explaining that it was for a friend who he wished was there with him. He smiled, and I took the picture.

    Years later, I took his idea and asked someone to take this picture of me. I put my arm out, wishing you were under it. You weren’t, because you were far away then, but you smiled when I sent you the picture. If my arm were outstretched now, you wouldn’t be under it. You’re far away again, and much farther this time. I would send you a picture if I though it would make you smile, but I don’t think it would.
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