CoCo & LaLa

 

 

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“Are you two twins?” the woman asks in all seriousness. “Or just sisters … ?”

We look at each other in disbelief.

But funny that …

Although we have known of each other since adolescence, we have only recently become friends.

And yet …

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We are two girls from the land of indoor malls and concrete block fences separating neighbors.

And so now when we are together … we head straight out for nature …

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We walk among the mist of the redwoods.

We tuck ourselves into the protection a giant redwood.

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Safe in the heartwood of this beautiful tree.

We breathe in the cool, hushed, and hallowed air.

“Can you sing Hallelujah for me?” I ask her quietly.

From the redwoods, we head along the coast to the beach.

She gives me shells to remember her.

And to remember this day of us.

A storm rolls in and we head down to the shore to meet it head on.

The rain sheets down on our heads.

I turn my face to the sky.

“The raindrops feel like tiny kisses on my face!” I yell to her through the noise of the storm.

She cheers me on as I leap across a stream.

To the shelter she has found for us under a cypress.

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I turn my eyes down.

And find evidence of love even in the storm.

Even in the dross on the sand.

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 “Thank you,” she says. “Of always reminding me that it is all about love. Love. Only love.”

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And so the next time someone asks if we are twins?

My response will be yes.

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