He was! I miss him, but I’m happy to have …

Comment on The Head of the Lebanese Table by Shawna Ayoub Ainslie.

He was! I miss him, but I’m happy to have his memory.

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The Head of the Lebanese Table
Wow! Dina, that’s amazing. One of my favorite memories was how, on walks when I was four, he woukd realize I had to pee and have everyone circle with their backs to me while I squatted on the side of the road. Pardon me if this is crude. Again, I was four. He always checked for snakes first and made a big deal of keeping my precious walking stick safe by holding it for me, and then he would joke when I was too shy to pee. I wish I could remember the words. He was hilarious. Literally would make me laugh until I peed, then gave me leaves to wipe.

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