Another Reason to Celebrate

A few years ago, eager to do research for a novel, I floated the idea of a return trip to Florence over dinner. My husband, Christopher, paused the upward momentum of his forked rigatoni and gave me a thoughtful look. “Great idea. Maybe we should celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary while we're there, renew our vows in the cathedral.” My mouth fell open, not in a flattering way, stunned by his suggestion. But I’m no fool. I rearranged my face and nodded. Before his final swipe of bread into dribbled Bolognese sauce, he'd committed to a departure date near the end of September. He offered to contact the church and make arrangements. The months flew by as I worked on my research itinerary. E

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