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Strange Little Bird: Rosa's Travels
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Rosa's Travels

I catch a glimpse of her faded blue smock as she darts past the door to my office.

“Rosa!” I have stamps for you!”

Someday I’ll be brave enough to tell her in Spanish. I could, but I’m very self-conscious. I shouldn’t be. Rosa is one of the least judgemental people I’ve ever known.

She comes in and I hand her the postage stamps I cut out for her when I went through the mail this morning.

“Oooh, Tanzania! Thank you, thank you, Margarita!”

We have the same conversation a few times a week. We get loads of mail every day at work, and when international packages and letters come in, I carefully excise the stamps and save them for Rosa. She likes to collect them. Sometimes I see her looking on the big globe, searching for the countries on her stamps.

The postage stamps are how she travels. She probably won’t get to see any of those places in real life. The only stamp on her passport is Mexico. She works so hard, mopping floors, emptying trash bins, and cleaning bathrooms, but she’s never bitter. Her job put her son through college, and that means more to her than she could ever say. Rosa always has a smile and kind words. She’s one of my heroes.

Monday April 2, 2007
 

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