Before we had cellphones, my older sister needed a way to find me. She thought we needed a meeting point in case I got lost. It needed to be obvious. It needed to be somewhere that even I could find.
My parents are diplomats, a job that has moved our family to 10 different countries. At the time, we were living in Kuala Lumpur. My sister told me if we ever got separated, to meet her at a Kinokuniya bookstore in the mall underneath the city’s emblematic Petronas Towers. It was the perfect pick: the glimmering towers were visible from all corners of the city, making them easy for me to spot.
She didn’t really have a choice. My lack of direction was obvious and I had a tendency to wander away from the group. I’d like to say I’ve grown out of it, but I haven’t. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
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