BAM! Above you see me hangin’ with a dude called, Ermenegildo Neroni, who is apparently a distant cousin or uncle of mine living here in Castro dei Volsci, Lazio region, Italy. We popped into the town municipal office where the staff here found the birth record for my great-grandfather, Loreto Neroni. . .they then called Ermenegildo who lives just a five-minute walk away, and he came over to say “hello” to me. . .bellissimo!
It turns out that ‘Gildo’ is a retired cop here in town who everyone knows and respects. . .now everyone knows and respects me, too–jaaa!! Exploring our roots can be fun, and it is especially wonderful when the people involved are enthusiastic and genuinely interested in helping folks like me find folks with whom we may share a connection. Being alive is amazing, and it is made all the more so when we reach out and share some human moments with others who are striving to enjoy the passage of time, just as we are, before we all return to stardust.
I send you family vibes from Castro dei Volsci, Italy. . .feel them. . .they are some of the best things we have to hang on to.
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It’s lovely out there.