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Childhood Friend

Toe ek 'n kind was,,en,Ek het 'n vriend in die buurt gehad,,en,'N slim,,en,en effens nerdig,,en,kind,,en,nie anders as myself nie,,en,Ons het gewoond geraak,,en,speel pluimbal en doen fisiese eksperimente,,en,Teen die tyd was ons tieners,,en,ons het van mekaar af weggedryf,,en,soos ons paaie afwyk,,en,Ek het die IIT-VSA gegaan,,en,globale-burger-roete en beland in Singapoer,,en,hy,,en,van meer beskeie ambisies,,en,by die huis gebly,,en,en het 'n werk gelyk aan wat my pa gebruik het,,en,Ek het gehoor van hom,,en,alhoewel ek nooit regtig in hom gehardloop het nie,,en,Hy het getroud,,en,het waarskynlik 'n paar kinders gehad,,en,en alles moes glad gegaan het,,en,selfs 'n bietjie dully,,en,Maar 'n paar jaar gelede het hy skielik aan leukemie gesterf,,en,vriendskap,,en,parker pen,,en,N ander dag,,en,Nog 'n Amerikaanse skoolskietery,,en,Die voorspelbare nasleep sal wees,,en,gedagtes en gebede,,en, I had a friend in the neighborhood. A smart (and slightly nerdy) kid, not unlike myself. We used to hang out, play badminton and do physics experiments. By the time we were teenagers, we kind of drifted apart, as our paths diverged. Later, I went the IIT-USA, global-citizen-route and ended up in Singapore. He, of more modest ambitions, stayed back at home, and got a job roughly similar to what my father used to do. I kept hearing of him, although I never really ran into him. He got married, probably had a couple of kids, and everything must have been going smoothly, even a bit dully. But a couple of years ago he suddenly died of leukemia.

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