Nanette spent the entire night before she left for Nairobi on February 7, preparing a surprise for
me. I was working in Stockholm at the time and wouldn’t come back to my apartment
to see it until February 25.
“I can’t wait for you to see my surprise for you,” she said.
“What is it? Tell me.”
“Nope. You just have to wait.”
Nanette is good at keeping surprises and secrets. I had to wait until I got back.
I kept thinking about what she could’ve prepared. A photo album? It had to be non-perishable to last
almost a month.
No matter how many times I asked her, she wouldn’t budge. A playful and endearing smile was all I
got. I arrived at my apartment around midnight weary from traveling. Nanette’s suprise had slipped
from my mind at that moment. I turned on the lights and saw various photos of us she had printed
and carefully placed throughout my room. I picked up one on my nightstand. We are standing in front
of the Boston Science Museum. I’m wearing a chambray shirt with jeans. She’s wearing a black tube
top, a light blue dress, and black wedges. A disc-shaped multi-colored pendant hangs around her
neck, and she holds onto her purple purse and one of her favorite wool jackets.
I saw she had written a note on the back of the photograph.
27) I love you because I know I can explore the world with you as my companion. ♥ Nette