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The light outside the main entrance to our building has gone out again. The heavy metal door swings wide as I pull a hat down over my ears. In the darkness there are maybe twenty teenagers standing still. My boot scrapes across the ground, slowing down. Their hands in pockets, shoulders hunched, I look for a space to pass between them. A voice appears, saying hello in English, with an obvious accent. I am all instinct, sayingpivyet as I pass, not looking back, wondering who said this. There was a boy that was an extra in Blackbetty that lives in our building, but he is too young, too short for it to have been him.

I look back, navigating the puddles in the street. It does not make any sense.

N is with V, making their way home. I meet them, pulling V into my arms as she chatters about her day, about dry leaves and princesses, about her grandmother's apartment and what she ate there. We are going back home, and I try to explain the odd collection that stands outside. As we pass th…

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - a peaceful song

The Year of the Horse ends without warning, with messy streets and quiet nights. E tells me we should do a Christmas duet but the song is never picked. Instead, one we find one that we can make our own - a song that is more urgent than sleigh bells and innocence. A song worth singing.




Happy New Year, and thanks for reading.







Comments

gina said…
Marco and Eva,

I can't put into words how much I love you both. You mad my holiday so much brighter with your gorgeous song! THANK YOU!! xoxo
janzi said…
What a smashing way to the end of the year... that song with your gorgeous little daughter made my evening, thank you so much for sharing..I hope that you and she will have a super happy New Year together and many more of them** Janzi in england
David said…
Love the picture!! E is growing up! Cant get the video at this low class hotel (Holiday Inn Roxboro NC). I got better internet in Russia. Oh well I will definitely get it when I get home! You guys look great!

Dave

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