For the month of December, I am participating in Gwen Bell’s The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. The challenge is to respond to a daily writing/photo prompt that reflects on this past year. Oh, and if you want to join me I would love to hear your stories and memories, leave a comment or a link to your site.
from 12/3: Article. What’s an article that you read that blew you away?
Francis Lam’s piece for Gourmet: “A New York -to-Mississippi Minute: Layover in Atlanta Edition.” During a layover in the Atlanta airport with three hours to kill, he remembers hearing about a cafe for African cab drivers and asks around for directions without any leads until he meets a man who sells stuffed animals and is from Senegal.
The story begins and ends with food but at the center of it is an intimate conversation that develops between two strangers. Food brings them together.
My favorite turn in the story comes when Elhadji talks about sharing his wife’s dibi (grilled lamb) in the break room. Lam lingers over Elhadji’s words. “When you share you are happy.” I let those words sit for a moment. I liked them.
Lam’s voice is clear and present in each sentence.
I return to this story and his words often.