Robert Aquino Dollesin
While browsing a souvenir shop in the airport, the man who'd crossed an
ocean to marry encouraged his new bride, a woman he'd selected from
photographs in a catalog, to assist him in choosing a gift to bring
home to his mother. Anyone paying attention to this couple could see
they were not yet in sync with one another, nor were they completely
comfortable in each other's presence. The man and the woman made their
way along the souvenir-filled shelves. He led, she followed.
Occasionally, he stopped and picked an item up, asking her what she
thought. Because she always nodded, he very gently took her hands in
his and told her that he did not expect her to agree with everything he
said. Still, each time he asked her opinion regarding a snow globe or
metal trinket replicating some well-known local landmark, she smiled
and nodded. If he placed a printed t-shirt or baseball cap in her
hands, she smiled and nodded.
Robert Aquino Dollesin was still a kid when he left the Philippines. He
now resides in Sacramento, where he manages to pen out a short story
now and again. Among other venues his work can be found or is
forthcoming in Storyglossia,
Pequin, Dogzplot, DiddleDog and elimae.