I have today perceived that some of my friends in Romania might feel slighted by my not listing them in yesterday's post. The fact is that I miss a rather large number of people there. Today, I shall acknowledge a few more. (If I have not included you today or yesterday, please forgive me.)
Dan and Nancy Ratliff, how goes the semester break at UBB? Are you getting around the country, or will that have to wait for spring? Cami, I hope your work is proving as rewarding as you'd hoped, and that your applications to medical school will be successful (though I have little doubt that they will be). Please let me know if I can write you a letter of recommendation. I think I know you well enough to write honestly, and quite glowingly, about your talent and sense of purpose.
Aline C., I missed seeing you before I left. I am sorry. How are you, and how have your creative and art teaching projects progressed?
Connie H., it was fun having my final ciorba de burta of this last stay in Romania with you in Alesd. See you next fall in Winnetka, God willing! Meanwhile, let's keep in touch. I have chatted (in my broken Romanian) with Aurelia B. from Baia Mare a couple of times on Yahoo. What a fine family she is part of! Please shoot me an e-mail, as I have forgotten her nickname.
Hanna U., it was a fine dinner meeting we shared last month. I wish you well in all your ambitions and personal desires. You are a fine young woman. I hope we will continue to be in touch.
Simona B., thank you for maintaining our friendship this fall, started back in my Fulbright Year, thanks to our mutual friend, Kathy O.
Similar sentiments of respect and affection are due to Andrei M. in Cluj, to Irinuca T. in Vatra Dornei, to Alexandru, Dan, and Florin at Ecomonica II, to Oana-Maria, Florina P., Sorin, Leonina S., and Vasile T., all of Cluj, to POP Vasile in Ocna Sugatag, to Augustin and Claudia M. and Teodor, Voica, and Mihaela F. in Bistriţa, and to Nastasia and Nicolae T. in Cluj. Finally, of course to Raluca F.at UBB/Economica II/Office Depot.
Roxana de Sibiu, over there in China, I will never forget our chats this fall. What an adventure you lived through! Please let me hear from you soon. Has the situation improved over there, as you had hoped it would?
I also want to acknowledge (and record for my aging memory) new friends Lucia S., and Dana and Dane B. of Cluj.
Needless to say, all who work at the Fulbright Commission in Bucharest are included in my thoughts this day.
No doubt I have still left out many in Romania who are important to me. Such listings are inherently risky, and I apologize if your name is not in this one. There are a great many in Romania to whom I owe my fine impression of that country, and whom I have come to like, to respect, and to care for. Be well, Romanian friends!
As some Americans put it, "Y'all come and see us now! Y'hear?" We will welcome your visits in New Hampshire.