My First Passport Stamp

"How long you staying in Ireland Mr. Grayson?"

"Four weeks," I said.

"What will you be doing while you're here?"

"Walking across the country."

"You by yourself? Are you meeting anyone here?" she said.


"That's really dangerous, you know?"

"I've done this sort of thing before," I said.

She stamped my passport with a thunk and slid it back to me. I've been waiting for that stamp. My passport was looking pretty pathetic with no stamps. If all goes as planned, I'll have a lot more really soon.