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Cheap Wine, Dried Salame, and YOU

on June 16, 2022

 My husband was one of those “bad boys” that girls fall in love with and parents deplore. With his black jacket and black leather cap, he looked like a Sicilian gangster out on a hit.

His pent-up anger spilled out of him in dangerous ways. For example, he mapped out a plan whereby every bank in the city of San Francisco could be robbed on the same day.

His dark nature captivated me, and soon, I was hooked for life.

We fought like cats and dogs, but oh, the fun we had! We went treasure hunting in crazy, out-of-the-way places, finding cold hard cash lying in the sand in a cave. We drove up and down the Pacific Coast Highway in his green Fiat X-19, enjoying the sun on our faces, the wind in our hair. We hiked through the redwoods on Mt. Tamalpais and watched the ocean tides under a full moon at Ocean Beach.

One day, singing at the top of his lungs, my husband suddenly stripped down and drove naked with the top of his car open along the 92 over to Half Moon Bay. Thrilled and excited, I watched for the cops, laughing all the way.

On cool, foggy nights, we slipped away into the darkness and made love on sandy beaches. On warm afternoons, we packed a picnic snack: a bottle of Riunite Lambrusco and a link of dried salame. Sun, warmth, ocean air, sand, green grass, and a hazy glow of love and darkness and friendship between us.

After our daughter was born, we included her in our crazy life. Archery at the range on King’s Mountain, afternoon tea at Agatha’s, strolling the malls, tramping through the sand at Half Moon Bay, riding the carousel at the San Francisco Zoo, flying kites down on the Marina.

Those days are over now. Our daughter is grown, and we’re not as skinny as we used to be. We live in the desert in Arizona, work, walk the dog, watch TV, and complain about the heat, wind, and dust. But whenever I go back to California, I relive those glory days of sunshine and salt air. Whenever I spot a bottle of Riunite or a link of dried salame at the grocery store, I remember foggy nights and making love in the sand.

So let me fill my plastic cup with cheap red wine, arrange slices of salame and cheese on a paper plate, and offer this toast to the man I love:

I LOVE YOU, DEAR HEART, MY LOVER, MY BEST FRIEND, MY MENTOR, MY DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, MY DARK KNIGHT — AND I ALWAYS WILL.

Happy Father’s Day!

(Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, 2022 in the USA)

Dawn Pisturino

June 16, 2022

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33 responses to “Cheap Wine, Dried Salame, and YOU

  1. Timothy Price says:

    It’s good to have such good memories of the wild times of our youth. It’s amazing I survived my youth

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  2. aparna12 says:

    Wow. This is amazing. Dear Dawn, I am so impressed and I really wish I had a partner like yours. 😊😊😊

    Liked by 2 people

  3. alisendopf says:

    Oh, I absolutely love your wild side. What an adventurous life you lived. Those days may be over, but at least you lived them. Love to you and your Dark Knight πŸ’–

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Adelheid says:

    Sweet! ❀

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Neal Saye says:

    I love your love story, Dawn! I’m gonna ask HR to start driving around naked.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Fabulously described. Dawn!! I love this tribute to your husband and you painted him in super realism. I loved your description from beginning to end..You chose well girl:):)

    Liked by 3 people

  7. utahan15 says:

    sounds almost fictional. perhaps not eh?

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Annie says:

    Fabulous tribute!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Amazing! Sounds perfect! Great share, Dawn!
    Happy day!
    Elvira

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Bridgette says:

    What a beautiful tribute! Sounds like you have quite the adventurous and full life.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. What a bohemian rhapsody! Those were the days of unrestrained romanticism and can-do. We thought it would never end and reacted surprised when it did.

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  12. what a great story Dawn.. was torn between whether it was real or fiction till I kept reading. Love it and lovely tribute to him!! πŸ’–

    Liked by 2 people

  13. wrookieschu says:

    Awww that’s an amazing story! What a family πŸ€—

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Belladonna says:

    Great tribute!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. WebbBlogs says:

    Awww such an awesome story 😁 I live in California , about an hour away from S.F. 😁😁

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Dawn – I have to meet your husband. Your details are so compelling – it made me cry. Thanks for getting involved with such a man that made you feel a little uncomfortable. It was all worthwhile, it seems. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your love. ❀️

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