Of Blue Tongues and Blending In

Of Blue Tongues and Blending In

“What did you eat for breakfast?”  My friend Gina looked quizzically at my mouth. We had arrived at church a little early, a rare occurrence, clean and combed and dressed in our best for our first Ukarumpa Sunday service.  The day before I had bought a bag of mints in town, which was my first mistake.  It should have been a clue that the ingredients were listed in Indonesian, and two of the few English words on the package were “Cool Blue”.  Not wanting coffee breath to be my first impression on all our new neighbors and coworkers, I had popped one in my mouth as we left the house. The results were not very cool, but very definitely blue.  Very, very blue. My tongue was a brilliant shade of turquoise. This, of course, was the Sunday they ask all the recent...

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