Wednesday, December 10, 2008

An Iranian Friend

After we had been in Malaysia for a few days, we were in the elevator one afternoon. An Iranian woman asked us if we are from Australia.

I said no, we are from the United States. She composed herself, as if she was going to do something really important and didn't want to screw it up.

"Oh, very good. I want you to know, not all Iranians hate Americans." She smiled brightly. "Thank you," I said. "Not all Americans hate Iranians either." We continued to smile warmly, I think mutually wondering where to take the conversation.

The elevator arrived. My only regret is that we didn't have dinner with her.

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