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Part 1 of 3: Dad's Trip Home
Several years after mom died dad decided it was time for a trip "home." No matter how long my father has lived in the United States he always has and always will consider Italy home. Dad was born in a very small mountain village in the toe of the boot that takes a good twenty-four hours of travel to get to, and he was going to be travelling alone. This was going to be a challenge for all involved. Dad is very hard of hearing, and like I mentioned before, very stubborn and refused to wear a hearing aid, so any kind of communication was nothing less than impossible, if not entertaining as well. Generally, he hears only a fraction of what's being said and then just tries to make up the rest to fill in the blanks. Suffice it to say, conversations are like bouncing a ball in a rubber room – you never know where the conversation is going. So he, traveling across the world for twenty-four hours all alone, scared the hell out of me. Who knows what could go wrong if he was left on his own. What took place from the time I made the reservations till the time he actually left was nothing short of a multitude of finely choreographed details – I covered every possible scenario, nothing could go wrong. I couldn't have been more wrong. So here's how it went…
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