My Friend Bror

Bror moved from his native New Zealand to Bermuda wearing a three-piece suit and carrying only his bank cards. 

Bror teaches people to pronounce his name by saying, “It’s the letter B followed by a lion’s roar. Let’s practice it together: Bror.” 

Then he tells them bror means brother in Dutch, which I’ve not fact-checked. He also says he was raised by sheep farmers who grew asparagus. 

The first time he visited my country, the United States, Bror was asked where a person from New Zealand learned to speak such good English. 

Without missing a beat, Bror told them, “Australia.”

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