I suppose this is why they call this month March madness. So much movement in my life over the last few weeks. First, Ammi arrives from Karachi ten days ago. Then, I take off to New York to present creative work a panel organized by my long-time friend Sandra Tarlin at Bronx Community College. The day after I leave, Ammi, who remained in Houston with René and Minal, catches a flight to New Orleans. The day after she flies out, I arrive back from NY to Houston, a few hours after my college friend Nema’s plane from DC lands in the same airport.
We pick Nema up from the conference downtown and bring her over for some wine and a meal. Minal stays awake with us, making herself busy creating a drawing of Nema after which she joins us for a Mexican meal and mariachi out in the East End. By eleven o’clock at night, Minal is passing out with exhaustion and is clamoring to go to sleep. She needs her rest. She and I are heading to New Orleans tomorrow.