Not all those who wander are lost.

Un Bacino

My love affair with Italy has been an on-again-off-again “thing” for 15 years. There is so much about this country that I adore: the language, the culture, the food (duh), the architecture, the history, and the people. I can’t get enough, and I keep coming back for more. It was only a matter of time before I fell for an Italiano.

However, I never imagined it would be a 2 year old Italian boy that would make my heart melt. I kid you not, last night we walked along the beach at sunset, holding hands and laughing as we tried to run from the waves.

All joking aside, Folco is just about the cutest child I have ever seen. This summer I have watched him grow just about every day, and he is developing an adorable personality. He is starting to understand the concept of pain, and that something he does can hurt someone else. Whenever he hears the Italian equivalent of “ouch!”, he rushes to the site of the incident and offers un bacino (a little kiss) to make it better. It is so stinking cute that I have to refrain from faking injury. Tonja captured the moment on film last night and I had to share.

Credit for my second Tuscan makeover goes to “Ridere per Vivere” (Laugh to Live), an organization of performers who dress up as clowns to perform for sick children in hospitals all throughout Italy. Their site is in Italian, but if you are curious:


4 responses

  1. Kelly Connelly

    Oh, my gosh, is this family so lucky to have you in their lives. Your updates are wonderful and such a joy to read and savor! And what kind of camera are you using? Your photos are spectacular and look more than professional. Loving all of this from you, Katie!

    August 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

    • Katie

      Thanks Kelly! I feel lucky to have the family in my life, they have brought me so much joy. I am using a Nikon D5000, it’s a digital SLR and it is by far the best thing I brought with me abroad. I am still learning the basics in photography, so the credit goes more to Nikon than to me =)

      August 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

  2. Elizabeth

    I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!! So Miss Scarlett has the same reaction to “ouch” – but she will offer to run – with haste – and get you a princess band-aid. It really does seem to help. 🙂

    August 9, 2011 at 12:47 am

  3. Lindsey

    you look so beautiful, happy, healthy, and in LOVE with that little boy 🙂 Baci a te!

    August 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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