- Over the 4th of July, I blitzed back to New Mexico to celebrate my parent's 50th anniversary. Wow. So cool to see what they looked like way back when. Sooo cute!
Of course, we had to eat as much green chile as possible. So Cal's version of chile is, well, lame. We went to a place called The Frontier, which is a gigantic diner type of place that looks like a big, yellow barn. The inside is adorned with huge velvet paintings of John Wayne and Elvis. The make these western hashbrowns that are too DIE for....so much cheese, so much green chile, so much crispy potato! Sigh. I'm hungry again.
But better than the hashbrowns was the amazing interaction between myself and the girl behind the counter:
Me: 10 western hashbrowns,* 5 frontier rolls**(don't ask....all butter, sugar, cinnamon and FAT), 2 fresh squeezed ora-
Girl: It's me, Aja. I was in your first grade class! (I should mention here that, despite the dorky scarf she was forced to wear onher head, Aja is completely gorgeous).
Me: No Way! (I look hard at her....yes, same big brown eyes.) What are you doing these days?
Aja: Getting ready for college. I'm going to Cornell in the fall. (I always knew she was a smart girl!!)
Me: Wow.....(awkwardly takes tray of tons of food, after exchanging e-mails)
I was amazed for two reasons:
1. Aja remembered me.....first grade was a long time ago. I had made enough of an impact in my teaching that she remembered.
2. Aja recognized me!!! I have not lived in NM for 10 years......she was in my class 12 years ago....and she still recognized me! My hair has turned completely silvery white in the those years.........and she still recognized me.
So, Aja, you go out and kick some butt at Cornell. You were smart enough to tell your former first grade teacher she hadn't changed a bit!
*not all food was for me!
**World famous Frontier Roll