Le 15 by luca

Every time I bike, walk or jog by this restaurant on the Rhone, I think of Luca. On his last night of being 15, turning 16 tomorrow on the 15th of May, I want to wish him an early happy birthday. Luca has spent this last week at the American Community School of Beirut’s “Week Without Walls,” volunteering to paint at a Palestinian refugee camp. He told me he has been thinking a lot about Grampa, who taught him not to put too much paint on the brush and to catch all the drips. I love the idea of my father looking down over Luca in Beirut, while my mother has been here in Lyon looking after us. And Alex, having finished a fabulous freshman year at Tufts, is back in Amherst at least trying to look over our lawn on Strong Street – if only the *@#%^* battery on the mower would start…

Luca, we will take you to this restaurant and celebrate your sweet 16 when you join us in Lyon. I know if you were in Amherst we would be heading to the DMV to get your driver’s permit. Do I need to say how happy I am that the driving age in Beirut is 18?!?  I promise to take you  to get your permit the day we get back to Amherst!

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In the meantime, we are glad you feel so at home and are getting the rest you need at the Abunnasr’s!

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