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“Do you smell that?”  she asks.  The customs line isn’t too long.  We’re moving quickly.


“Yes,” she says.  “It smells like  – hope.”

“Smells like hope?”

“Yes.  I smell hope.”

She is silent.  Happy.

I ponder.  Hope?  This line of tourists, eager to be stamped into Madrid?  The Spanish arrivals, giddy at returning home?  A commentary on American and European politics?  But then –

“Oh.  Those people there, smoking indoors?”

“Yes,” she says.  And beams.


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