Archive for June, 2011

Love Letters and a Recipe for Paella Valenciana

Monday, June 6th, 2011

I confess I wrote love letters to H’s heartthrob while at the University of Colorado.  It was love at first sight for H when he saw her at CU’s Norlin Library.  H didn’t know her name, and when he did, he was too embarrassed to talk. So I volunteered to help.  I never imagined the love letters I wrote for H would make their way through the entire sorority.  It was a fairytale come to life.

Truly, H was special and the depths of H’s feelings for this woman were truly amazing, albeit he hardly suspected he would have to reveal his deepest feelings or the process would be ill fated.  H agonized over the pathway to expression until he finally found the way to vocalize his most sensitive feelings.  The moral of the story is that I had no idea I could help H influence the feelings of a young woman I had never met. H was desperate, and oddly, there was a similar desperation between writing love letters for H and needing to duplicate Paella from Valencia, Spain.

For background, I lived in Madrid, Spain for years, I went to school there, and I would still be living in Madrid  save for an unexpected medical emergency that returned us stateside.  As a family, we enjoyed life with dear Spanish friends, many of whom I had first known as a student at Complutense University.

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