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Lambeth Climaco My First Sombrero

Lambeth Climaco My First

My First Sombrero by Emily Lambeth Climaco This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. -Maya Angelou When I was a kid, I never imagined myself at age forty—or fifty or sixty. I mean, that just seemed so old, like my ancient teachers at school. Nor could I ever anticipate the thrill of having my very own sombrero or successfully folding a fitted sheet. I suppose such pleasures go hand in hand with the wisdom of age. But now I'm getting ahead of myself. First I should tell you for my fortieth birthday, a friend took me out to lunch at my favorite Mexican chain restaurant, Chevy’s. It’s the best, not because of any particular menu items, but because of the chips and salsa. The chips are fried on the spot and arrive at the table warm and golden and salty. Hold one up to the light—it’s almost transparent. The salsa is green, made from tomatillos instead of the traditional tomato base. The chips and salsa are special; they are crave-worthy. Whereas I usually stop eating when I’m full, Chevy’s chips and salsa are the exception: I cannot stop. Both an appetizer and a dessert, they are so addictive I can and will finish the entire overflowing basket myself. When my friend mentioned to the waitress that we were celebrating my birthday, she asked if I’d like them to sing to me. Mouth full of chips, I demurred. “But you still want a birthday sombrero, right?” ! 1

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