“I’m glad you called tonight,” Maga said, “because I’m feeling extra lonely.”

“Oh, I know that feeling all too well.”

“I bet you do.”

“What has you feeling so lonely tonight?”

“Well, J and P left for South America today. They’re my only local family. They’re going to the Galapagos Islands.”

“No way!”

“Yes. When she studied abroad her junior year of college, she was in Peru and ever since then, she’s wanted to go to the Galapagos.”

The idea that my aunt was finally fulfilling one of her lifelong dreams was almost too much excitement for me to bear, but add in the fact I have three more friends headed to those exact islands in about two weeks from now…The coincidence was almost too much. I told Maga about my friends’ trip and she told me more about the details of Aunt J’s trip. But it was about that time when she asked me what time it was.

“It’s about ten of nine,” I said.

“Why that’s what time it is here. That means it’s about ten of eleven there.”

“Indeed. But it’s no problem. I’ve got to wind down from the night out. You know that buzz from being out with friends…”

“I do, indeed.”

Our talk of big dreams realized + nights out with friends was abruptly cut short after she dangled that provocative statement because she told me it was time for her to get ready for bed.

Master of the cliffhanger!

Girl knows how to keep the phone calls coming week after week.


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