REMARKABLE MEETINGS # BAHAMAS
I’m sorry if I’m being a little shallow at this moment. I’m exhausted from a long international flight. I promise I’ll write extensively about this man I met in the Bahamas – only twice, mind you. Only twice and for a very brief moment each time.
Ricardo Copper (or Rico Cooper, a native Bahamian) intercepted me – as I was on my way to the beach: “Sir, can I ask you a question”, as he opened a contagious smile. “Sure, of course”.
“Are you Indian?”, he asked.
“Indian ?” – I was rather taken aback.
He corrected himself. No, I mean, “Native American Indian”.
I had already been in the Bahamas for about one week. This is a blessed place. Blessed and deep, in all senses of the meaning.
“Yes, you look different from all the other American tourists. It’s the way you walk, it’s your cheekbones….It’s your face”.
Other than one short blog piece I wrote back in 2016 called “I’m a Puyallup and I relate to stones” which gives me away a little (since it was only three years ago I took the DNA test and found a percentage of my heritage), he couldn’t have known.
“I am. I’m 23.5% Native….Yes….(I stuttered)…I’m from the Puyallup nation”… (That’s what I know from the little I was told in the Berkshires, MA back then and….)
And we started talking about colonization, extermination of the oppressed races and all these subjects I obsess about. I was honestly paralyzed by his vision. I almost could not continue talking. For the next two entire days, Adriane and I cried convulsively.
Why? Hard to explain. It’s almost as if all the recognition I’ve received in the theater for all these decades, all this “fuss”, all of that suddenly disappeared and what validated my existence there and then was his pure piercing vision.
Yes, I don’t remember CONNECTING so closely EVER with anyone so fast, so easily, on such a different level than this one….”
The second meeting was even faster but the embrace, the hug, the aperture, the symbolism it contained – the magic it brought when he he pronounced these words “You have a friend for life!”.
I burst into tears then as I’m bursting into tears now.
I promise to expand on this encounter. A remarkable encounter which can only be (explained or narrated, if you please) on some other level.
Soon, Ricardo, Soon.
His quick reply on Facebook
Rico Cooper It truly was an amazing encounter. Gerald Thomas your spirit is what attracted me to approach you. Thank you for your words and the opportunity to share the moments and conversations.