*Let me begin by apologizing for being behind on my postings. I wanted to post in chronological order, but, that’s not working very well. I’ve posted a lot of comments, stories and photos to Facebook, but, I know all of you aren’t on Facebook. So, I’m just going to start with this!*
I read. A lot! And, months ago, I picked up a book called The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran. I still haven’t finished it. But, I find that the more I like a book, the slower I read it. I want to make it last.
There is an endearing story in the book about about a coppersmith, Signore Mazzetti, in Montepulciano, (Chapter 13). While I was walking through the beautiful ‘centro storico‘ of Montepulciano, I saw a copper store. “I wonder….” I thought, probably aloud.
I couldn’t remember his last name, so, I went into the store out of curiosity. If you want anything copper-covered, this is the place. There were two couples completing transactions with an older Italian woman. She didn’t appear to speak any English. About then, an older gentlemen came through the shop door into the store. I approached him politely and asked, in Italian, if he was the coppersmith in the book. He got a huge grin on his face and told me he was. We introduced ourselves to each other. He asked where I was from. When I told him I was from Colorado, the remaining couple told me they were from Colorado, too (Highlands Ranch). The other couple, who had left the store by now, was from Parker, Colorado. Signore Cesare Mazzetti and I continued our conversation. I asked about his cat, Beppe (um, now deceased) and his grandson, Lorenzo (who he hoped would take over the shop and store someday). He graciously let us take photos. The couple complimented me on my ability to have a conversation with Signore Mazzetti. The conversation was really basic, but, it is always nice to have encouragement.