Abdou and I were Talking Yesterday

Abdou and I were Talking Yesterday

My friend Abdou from Egypt and I were talking yesterday about dates.
I do not mean here ‘dates’ in the social or sexual
Or romantic or pre marital or historical sense
But the Middle Eastern fruit which in some places
People eat every single day.
As a basic staple

By some coincidence I sent my aide to do some shopping in town
Six months ago to buy containers of dates. Twice.
This was before I met Abdou.
I had not eaten any dates in over 40 years
And for some reason had a craving: they were great.
But nobody else here would even sample this “foreign’ food.

So Abdou and I were talking about dates
As we often do with so very many things.
My Arabic is non existent by the way and his English
Though generally very good in my opinion, self taught
And filled with some errors, even if Abdou is very smart
Has a fantastic memory and seems more apt than me
With languages though maybe not?

Somehow the conversation was derailed for ten minutes.
This was odd and upsetting.
Abdou got the idea somehow that I loathed dates
Which was not at all true, but he was not at all stupid here.
People do make mistakes all the time
Even with the very best of intentions on both sides.

It took ten minutes to correct this small error in communications
Which we sort of laughed about.:a confusion
Between “loving’ and “loathing” something.
That might stir up plenty of emotions among many.people
People when they are angry or feel guilty or scared or attacked
Or they feel jealous or left out of a deal or
Unloved or unwanted or unsympthatized with or unempathized with
Or threatened in some manner, past present or future oriented
Or feel hurt or oppressed or alone or betrayed or weak or poor
Are almost capable of doing anything: how few and
Far between does one encounter the truly wise in real life?
Almost never..

This afternoon I will send my home health aide into town
To buy some more dates (among other things).
For all the crude folks who think this is clever and amusing or cool
This does not mean I want to ‘date’ Abdou. or vice versa.
It does mean though that perfectly ordinary people of good intentions
And perhaps at times higher than average intellect or abilities or wisdom
Can accomplish Big Things together through their friendship
Without depending on Big Bureaucracies and such..for funding,
Direction, guidance, rules, censorship ,in your face politics,
Games maniuplations, brutalities, enforcement,. backup
Fueling , policing or such things.

I have been very very ill in ways the doctors and experts and politicians
And preachers and teachers and leaders do not seem to care about or
To understand or to want to or be able to help me with.
The world has been very ill in ways the doctors and experts and politicians
And preachers and teachers and leaders do not seem to care about or
To understand or to want to or to be able to help us with.
Peace to all.without exception..in this or other spheres

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