New Friend #6 - Hannah
It was too hot to meet someone outside and ask them to visit for a while in the heat, so I went to a hair salon I've never been to before. This would be a good way to meet my stranger in the air conditioning! Hannah was 'assigned' to trim my hair, and I liked her right away! What a delight she is! A beautiful, friendly smile, and very welcoming and willing to share stories.
She has a pretty accent, so after we chatted for a bit about gas prices (about $4.40 a gallon here now!) and the heat wave (105*), I asked where she was from.....
Hannah was born and raised in Paraguay, South America. When she moved out of her family's home, it was to go to college and get her general education. She met some girls that were in Paraguay with the Peace Corps, and they kept telling her, "We know someone you'd get along with really well!" She finally met him at a Peace Corps party - a going away party for a group that was leaving Paraguay.
That's how she met her husband, and the girls had been right: he and Hannah did get a long really well! They spent the entire night talking, and began dating. He even stayed an extra 6 months to be with her longer, but after dating for a couple years, he had to return home to San Diego. They continued a long distance romance by telephone and letter writing. (no skyping or texting then)
A year later, he asked Hannah to go to the American Embassy in Paraguay for him. She did, and they told her they needed a lot of forms filled out to allow her to visit America! San Diego, in particular. When evrything was complete, she was told she could be in America for 3 months. If she was married, she could remain in the U.S. , otherwise, she would have to return to South America.
Of course, the love of her life did propose, they married, and she remains in San Diego. They have been married for 21 years, and they still 'get along really well"!!
Hannah: I hope you get to see your photo here, and thank you for being so patient with me & my camera snafu!
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