Sweet News from Chile
Years ago (37 to be exact) I traveled to Chile for the first time, where I would provide technical assistance to the statistics office there. Unfortunately my luggage didn’t arrive until 3 days later. That’s how I got to know Veronica.
She was by title the secretary of the AID office I reported to there. But in truth she was a lot more than that. She quickly took me under her wing and took me shopping in the trendy stores of Providencia. I’m sure I also bought the other essentials to survive, but for many years I remembered Veronica when I wore my clothes from Chile.
We kept up for many years. When I traveled to Chile, she would invite me over for dinner or take me down to her parents’ farm in the country. At one point her husband had a contract that brought him to DC for a couple of months, so the family came along. Her sister lived here for a year when he husband served as a diplomat from Chile. But eventually we lost touch.
When we decided to go to Chile in February, I determined to try to find Veronica. I started searching online for anyone with her rather distinctive last name. I came to learn through distant cousins that she and her first husband had divorced. She was remarried and living in Houston.
Just today I managed to locate an email address for her new husband, who owns a small company that exports dried plums from Chile, or prunes as we know them. I shot off an email figuring it might be days if he ever answered it.
But instead within 10 minutes I had a response from my wonderful friend, who said they will be in Chile during January and February, when the plums are harvested. I haven’t had a chance to ask all the many questions I have for her that will let me know what she has been doing for the last few decades.
I am so excited at the prospect of seeing her again, meeting her new husband, and maybe even visiting the plum farm, which I suspect is the same farm I visited so long ago.