A Filipino from Saudi Arabia meets a mensch from Boston.

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in the 1995 movie Before Sunrise (imdb).

Connecting Flights: I’ll Miss You Till I Meet You

July 22, 2014 • Growing up, Teaching, U.S.A.

My last year of teaching at a boarding school in the middle of New England nowhere,  I lived a floor above a student, A., from L.A. who pulled her hair up in a ballerina bun and slipped into a dress before she went to the airport. Everyone else on the bus to Logan Airport in Boston… Read More ›

Religion »

My Mother’s Wedding Guidebook: Ten Points

(1) My mother and me, 1982.

On J.’s Being White: Did you remind him to put on sunblock? On Engagement Rings (before J. proposed): You don’t need one if you don’t want one. On My Engagement Ring (after he proposed): It’s perfect. On Our Getting Married Three Months After My Sister (In the Philippines, tradition and superstition say that siblings should… Read More ›

Friendship »

Those “Illegals”: What A.P. United States History Class Didn’t Cover

(7) Forest Camp, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental

Unlike many of my American classmates in Advanced Placement United States history class, I was new to Monroe and Taft, Philadelphia and Boston. While they had grown up learning about their country’s history, whatever I contributed to class came only from the texts. Like a student in basic Spanish, I could only parrot what I… Read More ›

Immigration »

Home Is Where They Don’t Ask For Your Papers

(7) Rocks, just hangin'.

I was on a panel of immigrants at a local university when the facilitator asked where home was for us. The talk was about immigrant experiences and our evolving identity in the U.S.A. I said that home was wherever someone had a toothbrush waiting for me.  I feel at home with people, but feeling truly… Read More ›

Interracial dating »

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside (Lois Lane’s Head)

(2) photo(50)

It is my first Purim and my tongue is blue with cotton candy and I am about to get a second one when P., a high school freshman, takes my hand. Come, she says. You’re engaged. Time to get married. She gives J. a hat and a tie and she drapes a veil on my… Read More ›

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