My oldest son, Bobby, will be 24 this summer. Immediately after graduation from St. Bonaventure University, he moved to New York to take a job in a public relations firm. Needless, he never really came home from college after graduation and the real goodbye of a parent to a grown up child took place...(you know its coming someday, but you just can't always predict when it will happen.) Deep down, I knew that he was ready to launch. Since graduation last May, Bobby has been steadily working. So when we approached him with the idea of his joining us in Rome, he jumped at the chance to come.
So our time in Rome was not only one of pilgrimage, but also one of family reunion and bonding. And the opportunity to say "hello" again to one of my favorite people for 10 days straight. I reveled in the easy smile that comes to this young man's lips. And I realized just how much I've really missed him.
Bobby & me - Outside of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.Bobby's exuberance at being in Rome matched my own, yet his joyful self-expression of it out loud, is something I could only do in my heart. (I don't think I've ever jumped up and managed clicked my heels, but these photos really capture a few of our favorite moments along the way on this trip.) Here is my 6'-4'' son at a few of the famous places we visited.
In St. Peter's Square in Rome
On the Roof of St. Peter's Basilica
At the Colosseum
Next to a Bernini fountain in Piazza Navona at night
I'll be back to post more soon!