The Jotter Pages are a glimpse into one of my many notebooks. The italics are the actual writings from my jotter and the roman type are my comments today. This entry takes place in Florence, Italy 1984
After my visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David, I stopped at a souvenir stand on the street. The guy at the stand was really funny and wound up taking me to a cappuccino bar for a drink, leaving his stand with no one to watch over it. While we were sipping our frothy cappuccinos, he asked me to dinner. I told him no, so he went out into the street and began telling strangers that I wouldn’t go out with him. He begged for their sympathy while I giggled with embarrassment. Returning to our table, he asked me again and I said okay. We headed back to his stand where he sent me off to my hotel with a great book on Michelangelo, writing paper, pens and a bunch of post cards all free of charge. He’s pretty cute with the exception that he has a mustache. My biggest problem at the moment is that I don’t know his name. I think it begins with a G.
Have just returned from my date with ???? . I still don’t know his name and it seemed a little too late to ask while we were on our date. We went to dinner at a small family restaurant which was very good and we had a lot of great conversation. After, we took his motorcycle up to the Michelangelo Square which over looks the city. It felt so cool riding on the back of his bike and I wasn’t scared at all. The view was the prettiest I’ve ever seen, with the city and Duomo lit up along the river. We kissed at the overlook and the mustache wasn’t as awful as I expected.
I really like ???? a lot and have decided to stay an extra day to be with him but how will I ever figure out what his name is?
In reading this entry 27 years later, I have a whole different perspective things. I truly love the sense of fearlessness that I had while traveling alone throughout Italy, especially knowing that I could never be that way today. When I get around to posting part two of this little romance with ???? you’ll see that I learned a big lesson about trust and my own arrogance.