I’m going to be doing a lot of travelling over the next year-and-a-half, and I’ve wanted to find someone to live in my house while I’m gone. (Hmm. I just noticed that I’m okay with calling it “my” house. Oh, Jody. It’s still our house, my dear.)
Renato is my man. He’s an Italian chef who’s been living with his family in England for many years. And he wants to come to Canada and open an authentic Italian restaurant in London.
This afternoon we sat in my family room and on the deck for three hours, talking about life. Renato has an accent and I often didn’t get every word in his sentences. It didn’t matter. The soul of the man shone through. In the military, he was a parachutist, and often jumped out of planes with a bazooka-type gun strapped to his side. Then there were the times that he and his mates shoved jeeps out of the plane, jumped after them, and then drove away minutes later. Renato fought in the war against terrorism in England and told me of being face-to-face with a man who had murdered many people. I was terrified just listening to him.
Renato has been a skilled photographer and cinematographer and now he’s an elite chef. He described being continually harassed by a pizza chef when he was a young employee, and how years later he bought the restaurant, and hired that pizza guy when he was down on his luck. Forgiveness and reconciliation.
My new friend has had an exciting life. And so have I. He’s touched a lot of people. Me too. No better or worse in our discussion.
In July, Renato moves in. Shortly thereafter, I head to Western Canada on a six-week road trip. Then it’s home for a week before driving to Massachusetts for an 84-day meditation retreat. Next, six months at home, followed by ten weeks of riding my bicycle across Canada. After which I’m home for six weeks. After which I’m back in Massachusetts for three more months of silence. On January 20, 2017, I’m home again, most likely to stay.
Renato will care for my precious home, hopefully for all of this time. I already trust him. He’s a good guy. And I’m a fortunate fellow.