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“Gli nomini hanno gli anni che sentono, e le donne quelli che mostrano”

It’s lunchtime.

The restaurant is crowded. Most of the patrons are businessmen chatting quietly among themselves.

The table to my right are women who don’t want to eat meat or probably anything on the menu. All talking loudly. We wonder why are they here?

The table to my left, under an iron chandelier, designed to resemble  vines or something rustic, with small warmly lit teardrop bulbs,  is a table of 4 men. Most of them in their late 30s.

Late to join this group is an older man with a full head of hair – Kenny Rogers-ish, circa 1983 (“We’ve got tonight babe,”). He appears to be in his 60s. Maybe a mentor or father or old friend. The conversation seems friendly and pleasant. His back is to the room and our table.

As we leave, I gently touch the man’s shoulder and I politely say, ” Excuse me, but with this lighting (and gesture to the chandelier above his table), and your full head of hair, you’ve got to be the most handsome man in this room.”

Their faces change, large smiles open, eyes widen, and laughter.  And as we exit the room, (and still hear them laughing)  we say to the waiter, if that table asks who that woman was, just say, she’s a former Victoria’s Secret model, used to be on page 7. The waiter laughs, and says he’ll keep it going and tells my husband, “She’s made his day.”

So goes the Italian saying:  Gli nomini hanno gli anni che sentono, e le donne quelli che mostrano

Men are as old as they feel, but women are as old as they look-

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