Heron: Woman-tree, I have a question for you …
Woman-tree: Heron, what a surprise, how did you manage to land here?
Heron: I walked, didn’t you see me coming? I cannot fly where you are, so I didn’t have any other options.
Woman-tree: what is it you want to tell me, for you to come here hat way?
Heron: well, you probably already know that I met someone in Oklahoma, but what nobody knows yet is that she’s from a very different culture than mine, and I wonder if that may be a problem.
Woman-tree: if you ask me, it must be that you feel it could be a problem, don’t you think?
Heron: I don’t know. I have read a lot about mixed couples, and I wonder.
Woman-tree: have you read that since you know her, or before?
Heron: before. You know I read a lot.
Woman-tree: I thought you were reading love and adventure novels, or travel books! In any case, that’s what’s in your library.
Heron: yes, that’s true, but I also read magazines. It’s not incompatible.
Woman-tree: so now that you know a female heron from the South, you are worried?
Heron: yes, that’s right.
Woman-tree: I think that what makes a couple strong is less the culture of each partner than the social environment they come from, and the values they were raised with. If your life experience is similar to hers, and your values are the same, you are quite likely to understand each others beyond cultural differences, as you’ll eventually realize that they don’t question the basics.
Heron: you mean, if her parents had the same social position as mine, and her education was of the same type?
Woman-tree: yes, you got that right. She may be an exotic southern heron, and yet share your values.
Heron: I think that’s the case, even though she’s younger than me.
Woman-tree: age is less important than the visions you share.
Heron: what you say here makes me very happy. I wondered if I was the only one to think that.
Woman-tree: from what I heard, you’re already two, aren’t you?
Heron: I don’t know yet for sure.
Woman-tree: she stayed there, is that what you mean?
Heron: yes, we got along pretty well and we had projects together, but she doesn’t like the North and I didn’t want to stay in the South all year long. I need to travel and she told me to leave.
Woman-tree: was she angry?
Heron: no, not at all. She said I should follow my desires.
Woman-tree: then she certainly loves you, don’t worry.
Heron: I write to her very often.
Woman-tree: don’t stop, she needs it.
Heron: thank you, Woman-tree, you make me feel much better, but I will now return to the edge of the pond, I don’t like to be stuck in the middle of trees.
Woman-tree: go, Heron, go, I understand your fears about that.