The Salty Coffee
He met her at a party. She was so outstanding.
There were many guys chasing after her while he was
so normal. Nobody paid any attention to him.
At the end of the party, he invited her to have
coffee with him. She was surprised but she accepted the offer
out of politeness. They sat in a nice coffee shop and he was too
nervous to say anything.
She felt uncomfortable and thought to herself, "Please, let
me go home..."
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Suddenly he asked the waiter, "Would
you please give me some salt? I'd like to put it in
Everybody stared at him for his strange request! His
face turned red but still, he put the salt in his
coffee and drank it.
She asked him curiously, "Why do you add salt
to your coffee?"
He replied, "When I was a little boy, I lived
near the sea. I liked playing in the sea where I could
feel the taste of the sea which is just like the taste
of the salty coffee. Now every time I have the salty
coffee, I always think of my childhood and my hometown.
I miss my hometown so much. I miss my parents who
are still living there."
While saying that, tears filled his eyes. She was
deeply touched. That must have been his true feelings
from the bottom of his heart. A man who can express
his homesickness must be a man who loves home, cares
about home and takes responsibility of his home...
Then she also started to talk about her faraway hometown,
her childhood and her family.
That was a really nice talk and also a beautiful
beginning to their story. They continued to date. She found that
he was actually a man who meets all her criteria of a good partner;
he had tolerance, was kind hearted, warm and careful. He was such
a good person but she almost missed him! Luckily, his salty coffee
brought them together! The story became like every other beautiful
love story where the princess married the prince and they lived
a happy life together... And every time she made coffee for him,
she put some salt in the coffee as she knew that's the way he
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After 40 years, he passed away and left her a letter
"My dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life's lie.
This was the only lie I said to you - the salty coffee. Remember
the first time we dated? I was so nervous that I actually wanted
some sugar but I said salt. It was hard for me to change what
I said so I just went ahead. I never thought that could be the
start of our communication! I tried to tell you the truth many
times in my life, but I was too afraid to do that as I have promised
not to lie to you about anything... Now I'm dying and I'm no longer
afraid of anything so I wish to tell you the truth. I don't like
the strange bad taste of salty coffee... But I have had salty
coffee for my whole life! Since I knew you, I never felt sorry
for anything I had ever done for you. Having you with me is my
biggest happiness throughout my whole life. If I can live for
the second time, I would still want to know you and be with you
for my whole life even though I would have to drink the salty
Her tears made the letter totally wet.
Someday, someone asked her, "What's the taste
of salty coffee?"
She replied, "It's sweet."
Pass this to everyone because love is
not to forget but to forgive, not to see but understand,
not to hear but to listen, not to let go but HOLD
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