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Posted on Mon, Jan 03, 2011 07:24

My time with Adrianna that evening is one I reflect upon as a model for a perfect "first date".  The key to success was that we both came to the piazza leaving our expectations behind. "Andy?" she asked when she first saw me in the piazza.  In ten years I had changed too, yet I noticed she was looking in my eyes, as if to find me there.  "Sei tu?"  Her voice and her brown eyes were very soothing.  My former drill sergeants quickly faded from memory, replaced by lines from a James Taylor song, "Something in the way she moves, or looks my way and calls my name..."

 

First we walked around the piazza as she pointed out the architectura and showed me the River Po. We saw the electric vehicles charging their batteries in front of a government building and I told her of a company developing a new EV battery.  (No names or symbols, however, as US securities law restrains me.) We completed our short tour in front of the ristorante she had chosen, and sat down when there were still plenty of tables available. She knew I was struggling with my Italian and gradually transitioned into flawless english.  Early in our conversation she asked me where I would stay that night, to which I replied I would find un albergo. "Andy," she said, "you should have told me, I would have found you a hotel.  We'll do that first after dinner so you can leave your luggage there."  And so we did, leaving us free to enjoy the evening festivities. 

 

The 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of Fiat was going on, and there were exhibits, concerts and people everywhere walking under the glorious Roman portici / arcades.  Italians come to il centro / the downtown of their cities at night and they dress in style.  Her sister had said in an email to me "abbiamo aggiunto al popolazione d'italia" -- 'abbiamo' being the first person plural of the verb 'to have', which I took to mean that both she and Adrianna had children and added to the population of Italy.  Accordingly I was certain that Adrianna was married. She made no attempt to hide her wedding ring.  Early in the evening she received a call on her telefonino and she spoke for several minutes then said "Ci sentiamo piu tardi.  Permettimi di tornare al mio ospeti."  "That was my husband, Paulo", she explained, "he is with our gemelle (female twins) tonight."  Her smile indicated she was perhaps a little flustered, yet her honesty was like a deep river flowing with grandeur and sparking with the reflection of sunlight.  

 

At the end of the evening we returned to my hotel.  She spoke to the attendant at the desk to be sure my luggage was in my room, and that everything was ready. "Tutto posto, Andy" -- (everything is in place). They will serve prima colzaione (breakfast) in the morning."  She paused in front of me for an intstant -- I gave her un abbracio and kissed her on both side of her lovely face.  "Arrivederci."  She turned to smile and wave as she left the albergo.  When I returned to Italia for an assignment on the first anniversary of the Torre Gemelli / Twin Towers attacks she met me for lunch near the train station.  Afterwards we went to see the Shroud of Turin and she showed me more of the city. At one point she asked to see my train ticket so she could be sure I would be at the stazione ferroviaria on time.  She looked up from my biglietto excitedly and informed me, "Andy, your train leaves in trenti minuti!"  Her situational awareness and knowledge of the city was outstanding.  "Corriamo, Corriamo!  (Let's run!)"  Adrianna ran with strength and style, if that's possible, and yet maintained her dignity and grace. 

 

We found my binario / train track and she hurriedly took me on board to find me a seat, hugged me sweetly and sat me down. After she exited the car, she came to my window and we exchanged a few words, smiled and waved as the train left the stazione.  On the way back to my duty post I wondered why I received the immensely uplifting "Italian treatment" from her.   Was it because she remembered the time my family and I had reached out to her and her sister when they were alone in Paris that Christmas years ago, or did she really just enjoy my company?  What did she want?  I knew from experience that adultery is an egregious breach of trust that harms self, spouse, family, children and friends.  I trusted and do trust that Adrianna understood my views in this regard, otherwise I believe she would have avoided meeting me alone at the piazza.  Upon reflection I realized my questions were superfluous because what she had given me was sensitivity, consideration and hospitality that honored me both as a person and a friend.  

 

Here's my "love-making tip" for today -- one I believe trumps anything you'll read or see in Sex in the City, Cosmopolitan or Men's Health.  True intimacy and erotic pleasure can only be experience in a relationship based on respect, love and trust.  Tutto posto -- "Dove il tuo tesoro, la sara' anche il tuo cuore."


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Posted on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 04:04

Pat, Mac, Michelle,

 

Thanks for reading and for your words.  That wraps up "Social Situation".  Sometimes I've wondered what might have been if Albert Gore had invented the internet 10 years earlier.  He's fun to poke fun at -- truth is I could have learned Italian 10 years earlier or taken the time to write since Adrianna studied english at the Sorbonne.  There's a corollary moral:

 

   Stay motivated!

 

Best for 2011 to all.  Ciao, ciao.



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Posted on Mon, Jan 03, 2011 19:01

Lovely story, Migs. And as for the moral: I can only say: "Of Course!"


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Posted on Mon, Jan 03, 2011 17:07

Nice. Is this the last installment? rmac


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Posted on Mon, Jan 03, 2011 11:45

What a lovely story...and an equally lovely lady. Good friendships are worth their weight in gold.


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