Sammy stood tall and distinguished-looking in his military uniform. A full-fledged colonel. We both said the words, “Kumusta ka?” And we just stood there looking at each other. All those years apart, and all we could say was “Kumusta ka? (How are You)” ….
I thought, “Oh God, please let not this be a dream.”
He had only one eye. And he was my real big crush as a 19 year-old student nurse in a military hospital in the Philippines…Sporting a black patch over his left eye, just like a handsome pirate, Sammy brought out his guitar and sang “our song”. “Skyline Pigeon” is not a love song but it felt like one to me. Then he winked at me.