I love this. I love this a lot.
After visiting the Pantheon, we wandered down a pedestrian street
and came across a life-size wooden Pinocchio figure sitting on a bench.
This Pinocchio is a mascot for a little toy shop called Bartolucci. Beside the bench was an open store front where a wood carver was busy making another Pinocchio.
All those woodworking tools. Mr. Hunter.
How could I not ask Mr. Woodworker to pose with my wooden friend?
It was my first day in Rome, so I was jetlagged. I couldn't remember the Italian words to ask the wood carver to pose for a photo, so I shyly offered Mr. Hunter to him and held up my camera.
I remember the man as being serious, nonplussed. But when I look at the photo now, he seems to have this gleam in his eye. Bemused slightly, but friendly.
An entry for the Mr. Hunter Hall of Fame.
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