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Sally Forth Summer Mind Travel: My Wandering Brother

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on July 16, 2020

My brother Marcello and I have always been long solo walkers (me because I’m an introvert and Marcello because it let him make friends with 432 new people and three squirrels). But when Marcello was very young he would just wander off without telling anyone, no matter where he was.

And so during our tour of San Simeon (Hearst Castle) in 1980 my seven-year-brother hooked up with another group, whether because he was lost in his thoughts, the groups passed through each other and a little kid got confused, or he longed for the thrill of new conversation that didn’t involve “Don’t touch that.” As far as we could tell, Marcello was with his new group of vacation buddies for a good half hour before he realized the mix-up just as his bus was taking off without us (though perhaps his general newfound sense of tranquility should have tipped him off earlier). By that time we were frantically looking for him. However, I should add that we didn’t realize he was gone until a little later than we perhaps should have. But it was 1980, people. That’s basically still the 70s. And in the 70s anything could happen and you just said, “But everything turned out okay, so it’s all good.”

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