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A quick recollection: Rodeo girl

Out of the blues, I recalled a sweet event. It was my first trip out of home in the summer of 1975.

After a 2-week stay in Paris that I spent alone, wondering the streets and learning to take the metro around, I ended up in Norman, Oklahoma.

I wrote with some details about my experience as a student at the University of Oklahoma in my autobiography.

The “English as foreign language” troop was given a taste of English by visiting an open-air rodeo in a small town.

This visit could have been in mid-August.  All these blue, red, white shirts and vests, studded with stars and stripes, were coloring the arena and stands.

For the first time in my life I saw this amazon beautiful young girl mounting a horse, a large black hat on the head, in a short white skirt, as worn by cheerleaders…

She was participating in the rodeo. And I made a spontaneous action of meeting with this simple and charming girl.

Spontaneous actions to meet with people, particularly girls, are very common among tourists, or people still feeling they are strangers in a country.

I have this strong feeling that I took a picture with this female God-like creation.  Was it one of the students who took the picture? I have no such a picture in my file of ” The Good Moments in my Life

So many delicious and happy opportunities of rare wonderful mirages that we live and forget.  I badly need a copy of that encounter of the Seventh Kind.

What an event, what a girl, what an apparition, what an occasion, what a day of hope in a better life

On the plane to Oklahoma, after a 22-hour flight, exhausted, unsure where I am going, of what I am doing… in the last hour before landing, shortly before midnight, all passengers sleeping, a beautiful young blonde stewardess felt compassion for this serene lost-looking guy, numb at the magnitude of the unknown, and she offered me a glass of orange juice, fetched me a pillow and a blanket and this hope that it is good people that count anywhere you land




July 2022

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