REMEMBERING LINDA

Shan Shui Xian in Fujian Province, China

HAIBUN

Linda Spencer, precious to me still, taught nursing to Chinese students in this province famous for rock oolong tea.  The steep rocky mountains, trees and rain are said to produce this famous tea from dark leaves to an amber sweet peat smoke aroma.

For two years Linda shared with me her daily Chinese living which was rough and unhealthy yet rewarding in her work.  Within one year of her return home, she fell in love, married and then suddenly died of throat cancer.  My noble friend has fulfilled her secular Carmelite vocation – savings lives from Haiti to China.  Now when I sip on oolong tea, I cherish our friendship along with her exotic adventures.

HAIKU

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