Posted November 17, 2011on:
He met her on a party. She was so outstanding, many guys chasing after her, while he was so normal，noboby paid attention to him. At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him, she was surprised, but due to being polite, she promised.
They sat in a nice coffee shop, he was too nervous to say anything, she felt uncomfortable, she thought, please, let me go home….. Suddenly he asked the waiter: ”would you please give me some salt? I’d like to put it in my coffee.” Everybody stared at him, so strange! His face turned red, but still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it.
She asked him curiously :” Why you have this hobby?”
He replied, ”when I was a little boy,I was living near the sea,I liked playing in the sea, I could feel the taste of the sea, just like the taste of the salty coffee. Now every time I have the salty coffee, always think of my childhood, think of 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’s true feeling,from the bottom of his heart. a man who can tell out his homesickness, he must be a man who loves home,cares about home,has responsibility of home.
Then she also started to speak, spoke about her far away hometown, her childhood, her family. That was a really nice talk,also a beautiful beginning of their story. They countinued to date. She found that actually he was a man who met all her demand; he had tolerance,was kind-heared, warm, careful. He was such a good person but she almost missed him!
After 40 years, he passed away, left her a letter which said, ”my dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life lie. Thas was the only lie I said to you—-the salty coffee. Remember the first time we dated? I was so nevous at that time, actually I wanted some sugar, but I said salt it was hard for me to change so I just went ahead. I never thought that could be the start of our communication！I tried to tell u the truth many times in my life, but I was too afraid to do that, as I have promised not to lie to you for anything…Now I’m dying, I’m afriad of nothing so I tell u the truth – I don’t like the salty coffee, what a strange bad taste. But I have had the salty coffee for my whole life! Since I knew you, I never feel sorry for anything I do for you. If I can live for the second time, still want you and have you for my whole life. Even though I have to drink the salty coffee again!” Her tears made the letter totally wet.
Someday, someone asked her, ”what’s the taste of salty coffee? It’s sweet.” she replied.