Category Archives: Job

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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Il Giorno Lunghissimo (The Very Long Day)

(2010) At first I thought I might still be dreaming.  In a month’s time, not a single day had passed where I hadn’t heard from Mario.  Some days I heard more than once.  And yesterday we had had that great … Continue reading

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La Risposta (The Response)

(2010) In his letter, Mario peppered me with questions.  Curious about my live in DC, my family, my work, answering every inquiry took a lengthy letter in return. And so it began. Every morning when I woke up, I would … Continue reading

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La Curiosita’ (Curiosity)

(2010) The day at work was total chaos. The welcome backs, good-natured ribbing over my extended vacation and bestowal of presents (i.e. some fabulous European chocolate) were quickly put aside as I plunged into a non-stop schedule of updates, meetings, … Continue reading

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Avvanti (Forward)

(2010) I slept the sleep of the dead that night.  Or at least that of a jet-lagged, sleep deprived international traveler.  I stumbled out of bed the next morning, eager to get to work and see my co-workers – friends … Continue reading

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Un Pasto Condiviso (A Shared Meal)

(2010) An Italian mamma once told me the following expression: “Puo’ essere soltanto un pasto semplice di spaghetti e pomodori, ma se ci sono gli amanti, e’ il pasto piu’ buono che esiste.” (It may only be a simple meal … Continue reading

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La Babysitter (The Nanny)

(2001) The first panic attack happened as I was collecting my luggage at the Aereoporto di Firenze. WHAT AM I DOING!? THESE PEOPLE COULD BE CON ARTISTS! Comforting thought as I nervously walked out to meet the family with whom … Continue reading

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