Perhaps your world is different but for me it's not all that often someone I've known for nearly all my adult life is named U.S. Ambassador to Italy. Such is the case with David Thorne, to us, half of "Rose and David," whose confirmation is titled this way in Glen Johnson's piece in today's Boston Globe: "Newly named ambassador to Italy has longtime ties to Kerry."
Much deserved. David's been a backroom force in Democratic politics for a very long time. Speaks fluent Italian; lived there; very smart; acquired and edited New Age Journal back in the day; and, yes, very close to Senator John Kerry, as per all the details in the article. But when I read a piece like this one, I see a different person from the David we've known. Not that everything isn't true; it is. When I think of David, I see someone with a very warm smile, who always asks a question about how you are, who always gives a kiss and a hug, and who's always on his way somewhere.
Through Rose and David, we met the friends who've been among our very closest for 30 years, the parents of our godson...and for that alone we'll always love them. Congrats, for sure, David. And, as I said to Rose when we first heard the news, I'm thrilled that her calm and contemplative energy will now be settled on the European continent. Have a blast, you guys. And, David, we're, of course, expecting you to now truly bring about world peace.