When I first saw him, he was reading a newspaper. Not one I recognized.
But that’s OK. Canada is not his home. English is not his first language. And we were, after all, staying at his home – the Hotel Levante, in Rimini, Italy. My wife Jayne and I had arrived there to meet the man known in those parts as “the adopted Canadian.” When he emerged from behind the newspaper and approached us, it seemed as if his entire body smiled.
“Signore Monti?” we asked in our best tourist Italian.
“Uncle Monti,” he responded. “Everybody calls me ‘Uncle’ Monti.”