Monthly Archives: September 2012

Una Domanda (A Question)

(2010) We finally got on the road.  Mario, being Italian (and a man) insisted on driving, so I was in charge of navigation, music and entertainment.  We spent the long hours up to the Canadian boarder enjoying the beautiful scenery, … Continue reading

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Gli Occhi Aperti (Open Eyes)

(2010) The next big test in our developing relationship came the following week: our first road trip.  A chance for Mario to see some more of America, and a chance to see if we could travel together – and spend … Continue reading

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La Cena (The Dinner)

(2010) The next morning, the surreal feeling returned.  Was he actually sleeping in the spare room downstairs?  What would we do that day?  Would it be as magical during the day as it was that first night?  I knew he … Continue reading

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La Prima Notte (The First Night)

(2010) There was a moment of hesitation…is that really him? But as he walked toward me, suitcase in tow, his face broke into a smile.  Mario was here. Then, there was the first awkward moment.  How were we supposed to … Continue reading

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L’Arrivo (The Arrival)

(2010) It was a Wednesday.  Mario was supposed to arrive at Dulles Airport a little after 8pm. Which was perfect.  I would stay busy by putting in a full day’s work, have just enough time to get home, eat, make … Continue reading

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Quaranta Giorni (Forty Days)

(2010) Mario would arrive in 40 days.  The slowest 40 days of my life. Now that the ticket had been purchased and “ti voglio bene” had been expressed, everything shifted.  While neither of us was exactly sure how the visit … Continue reading

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Tre Piccole Parole (Three Little Words)

(2010) The next few weeks passed in a blur of letters, Skype visits and preparations.  Mario had never crossed the Atlantic before, and wasn’t quite sure where to begin in the process of buying plane tickets, getting the necessary visas, … Continue reading

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