With all the growth in the cities, still, about 80% of the people live in the country. It is also quiet there. The people are more authentic and very friendly. The best food I have ever eaten anywhere in the world has been prepared on an open fire, outside, in these small villages.
They met in New York City’s Central Park through some glances and a “feeling”. They caught each other’s eye. One invited the other to sit and eat cantaloupe. After realizing they had so much in common and so much to talk about, they continued…
This is a story about my mother, a daughter of Malaysia, who became an agent of change. She transcended boundaries of prejudice, age, gender, and race in an era where women were busy in the bedroom rather than the boardroom.
Big old bracelets, Swiss makes, rings, cuff-links, a few smallish diamonds: Berel Birnbaum carried them in his suitcase when he drove through the dusty, cattle-trodden villages of the Pampas. His customers were always glad to see him.
He will tell you that although his name is Leroy E. Peters, you can call him Pete. He will tell you that although he is 81 years old, he still likes to fly planes. But it is mostly what Pete does not say out loud, that rings in your ears like an unsung lyric of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Having enjoyed a close relationship with my own father, I made a conscious decision that I wanted a husband, not a live-in boyfriend, and not a “baby’s daddy,” when it came my time to mate and marry. My time never came.