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To Find a Good Mate

Back when I was living in W-Burg, I would pass this older man sweeping almost daily. He took a lot of pride in keeping the sidewalk on his block clean. I learned that English was his second language, so we mostly kept our conversions to a smile and “Hello.” One day, he was talking to a friend, but said in English for me to hear too: “To find a good woman, you must be a good man.” Simple truth, wisely said. The twinkle in his eye said to me, “Same goes for you, Miss.”


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