I was about to leave the party after a short stay and a brief conversation. I stood in the hallway for a few seconds, watched the rain outside and decided. It was already stopping but it wouldn’t soon, and I have always enjoyed walking in the rain. Even though there would be no one around to rush me in, hold my head beneath the towel, scold me for always not hearing but ruining all those educational efforts by giving me
the best reward, a hot cup of cocoa. “I must have some cocoa powder, I can’t avoid buying it but I never take the time to enjoy having it.” That thought gave me the final reason and set me in motion.
I don’t remember if it was her calling or her touching my shoulder that stopped me.