mariano is 86 years old. he has lived in sahagun his entire life. this is his café. his favorite place to sit and read the newspaper is at the round wooden table nearest the window … the one where the light pours in (even in the depths of winter). when i speak to him in spanish, he does not understand a single word i am saying …  it must be my key west accent. … no matter. he just laughs and shakes his head … and laughs some more. i am convinced that he knows all of the secrets of the universe. i wonder if he has ever seen the ocean.


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