Posted by: Jacques | November 11, 2011

A Letter from Araby Re: A Recent Theft at Palo Santo…

 

 

 

 

MISSING:

 

Dear Friends of Palo Santo,

 

This week the Haitian license plate was removed from the Palo Santo restroom. The license plate was from Chef Jacques Gautier’s grandfather’s car in Port-au-Prince.

 

Palo Santo is so homey because it is filled with personal stories: Trinidad’s tile mosaics, Brett and Alonso’s tables, Lindsay’s buoy, Trudy’s juice pitchers, and my wood carving of the Haitian coat of arms. I feel lucky to be surrounded by things people cherish at a job that is important to me serving people I care about.

 

I have read the inscription on the license plate “la pearl des Antilles” everyday at work for three years and I find comfort in telling myself in the midst of a stressful day, “yes Haiti is a pearl.”

 

Please return the license plate. Drop it off, send it in the mail, slip it back in the restroom. The nails are still in the wall.

 

Love,

Araby

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