Middle is off, next week, to visit his girlfriend in Florence. She's there for work for a few months. I totally want her job.
Middle does some traveling from time to time but this is his first solo trip to Europe and there's so much to tell him...that I cannot tell him.
What I want to say:
Stay out of airports.
Walk quickly through train stations but not quickly enough to attract attention.
Don't loiter in plazas with tourists.
Stay away from anyone wearing a vest. Or a single glove.
Be grateful if you are asked to go to the private security check before your flight.
What I might say:
Light a candle at church.
Enjoy being alone with S.
Order the risotto.
Learn how to say grazie with fluidity and grace, frequently, without being condescending.
Don't be a tourist.
What I will say:
Have a wonderful time with your wonderful girl.
Come home safely to us.