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Laila

Laila greets me with a huge smile and the same eboulient greeting every Saturday morning.

"Joanne comment ca va?!"

She is of Algerian descent and speaks French with a distinctly European affectation which is unmistakable as it is endearing. Laila also seems forever happy.

By now most of you know I am an early riser and by 6 am I am at the public market where she works and instantly pounces on the espresso machine upon seeing me. She chats away as she prepares my coffee and we compare notes on small things that come into each other's heads.

These little routines help stabilize me with the interactions with others fill in the blanks on further understanding human psychology and how we can learn from others. Laila's positive attitude is infectious and I am certain her colleagues would miss her energetic banter as they begin their day.

I know I for one greatly appreciate it.





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