I met Sam when she had long-to-the-butt blond hair, legs equally long, sharp blue eyes aiming to see the world (and everything in it). She was a cheerleader, a Spanish lover and a British culture fan. I was an exchange student in a tiny Michigan town who used to get lost between the snow and explanations on why I am Latina and at the same time, Caucasian.
Ten years later I met a tall, blond woman who has travel most of the word with a bag on her shoulders, which still loves Spanish and added Portuguese to the list, who had the chance to live in England, became a Buddhist and is no longer a vegetarian.
On my favor I can say, I travel some parts of this world as well, my English has improved since I first met her, so did my mother tong, Spanish. I was never a vegetarian and, we still are big Spice Girls fans.
We separated so long ago: she was flying to the Beatles land, I was coming back home. And then we exchanged good wishes and happy birthday’s notes for the rest of time. So, to wait for her at the arrival section in the port at Colonia del Sacramento, was an extreme experience. What kind of woman has she become? How am I going to talk with this person I haven’t been with in so long? It’s not like we would watch long hours marathons of Spice World again, so… is she still going to be my friend?
And the answer to everything (including the Spice World marathon) was yes. Yes. She changed to become this pure, intense and bright woman who still aims to see the world, who never gets tired of walking and is in her way to love herself as she is when she wakes up every morning.
Three days we spent together. We sang some old Spice Girls songs, we talked about England (a lot!), exchange some opinions about religion and feminism. Basically, we talked the whole time. As if we wouldn’t have spoken in so long, disturbing everyone around us, being very annoying with the unannounced language change between English and Spanish. Then, she continued her trip through South America. Probably, another 10 years will pass before our paths meet again.
(The name is because she did some tarot reading to me and gave me those two stones -Jade and Agatha Blue- as a gift)