Sourced from my umpteen photo files & albums throughout the years...
Her fingernails scratched the chalkboard. She squealed that she was on the Atkins Diet. Her nails slashed more.
From behind the bookcase façade, Don Vito Corleone appeared; riddling granny with round-after-round of smoking-hot-lead. Once finished he reloaded, firing ten more rounds into her slumping body. Upon completion, he took a plate of rigatoni and, stuffed it down her throat.
Don't worry—she tripped, right
Venice to Florence is two hundred sixty kilometres, in North American driving time: approximately three hours. In Europe: Eight-glances in the rear view mirror, one CD, Dave wetting himself, a stop for Panini, gas; and a leak—then, gridlock.
In North America, we are over freewayed. Motorists whisk from city-to-city bypassing undesirable areas by avoiding off-ramps. Shiny glass towers riddle city centres devoid of historical significance, at least not yet. They're products of progress—whereas, in Europe, every building seems historical.
I turned my head positioning my functioning patch-free eye in the centre of the windshield. It didn't help. I glanced at Dave; he was knitting a sweater. Three bikes passed through the cars back seat waking the bearded man. Roundabout navigated, we turned down the first calmed street; parked, and lay on the sidewalk, shaking; unscathed, the car that is.
Instead of finding beer, I stumbled upon Brunelleschi’s Cathedral Dome. I was in awe. We had visited amazing houses of worship in NYC, Amsterdam, and Munich. Places meant to provide hope and solace. Each house of the Lord was beautiful with intricate details and an infinite number of hours of painstaking work by devoted artisans and masons seeking perfection. Firenze's Cathedral is unparalleled in depth, effort, and passion.
I questioned the idea of whether God needs palaces built in his honour for people to worship him.
Be kind. Treat family like gold. Embrace friendship. Don’t envy celebrity. Wealth can’t be the sole goal of living. And, attempt to live by these simple rules. Bookended between: BE KIND.