Eleven. Eleven Years I have Dragged Around these Prints. They’ve lived in Attics, Moved in Wine Boxes, Hung Out in Basements in Rubber Maid Containers Nestled Between my Favorite Cookbooks. Five. Five In Total, the Translation of Paolo Grimaldi’s Assisi. The Mystical Hilltop City of Patron Saint Francis. Nothing in this Kooky Life has been Traditional - Including my Study Abroad Experience. Some go to Florence to Study with Other Americans, Checking Boxes to find Husbands to Buy Homes and Have Babies. My First Relationship with Travel was on a Bicycle with a Backpack and a Notebook - Pushing Americans up Small Inclines to The Charming Towns of Umbria. I crashed the Van my first time I drove it. “That’s what Insurance is for” was the steady tone of the Owner of BikeRiders on the other side of my Pre-Paid Burner Phone “But I did have to Call Your Parents”. 🤦🏻♀️ It was Pre-Instagram, Before Mark Opened Facebook to “Civilans” and the Lessons Transcended Screens. The Hospitality and Warmth I learned in Umbria from tasting Olive Oil at Paolo Bea before I knew it was Cool to Feasting on Artichokes at Scacciodiavoli before I knew Shit about Wine, was Priceless, Awe-Inspiring and the Building Blocks of an Equally Charmed Career. I dreamed of a day where I could wake up every morning with these prints on my bedroom wall. .
This past September on Week Four of Five living out of a Carry-On, in the Air more than with my People, I was in an Uber in New Orleans and my Fierce Female Lady Driver asked if I had any Chil-Ren. “Lady; I don’t Even have a House Plant, and I haven’t seen my Own Car in a Month” was my Response. .
I am Richer, I am Wiser, I am Grateful for all the Lessons in Hospitality I have Learned from Masters of Their Crafts. While I’m still in a Constant State of Being #intheweeds
- The Things are in Their Place .
On This Saturday Night, it is with Thanks for Trips to Lowe’s, Hallmark Movies, Pizza, Games of Trouble & Enjoying a glass of @argylewinery
in the Lowcountry and not Behind the Line, Working the Wheel, Making Dinner for Someone Else’s Family, Throwing a Party or On the Floor.