Tall and lean, I figured him to be an actor. He has “the look.” His mom is Italian-Irish and his dad just Irish. I say that because James has very distinct features, like a strong jaw and cheekbones, and a Roman/Irish nose. But it is his eyes and smile that are warm and welcoming. So, you see why someone might mistake him as an actor.
Turns out, he’s a chef. A chef! I told him I met a sushi chef two days ago – he was more impressed with the man’s qualifications than me meeting him. “Those guys have more training than a surgeon.” I did not get where James trained but he has worked as a chef in Miami, Florence and Naples (Italy), and Los Angeles.
While his mom taught him Italian, he quickly became fluent when he worked in Italy. He also speaks Spanish, English and Jersey Boy (I guess only because he's from the Jersey Shore). I thought it was interesting that he trained Massimo in “Span-talian.” I do not have any proof, but going by what I was seeing his dog try to do to my dog, I suspect Massimo fancies himself a Latin lover. Eventually, Cali had enough of his “intimate” and "mounting" nature, and eventually she snapped to make her point.
By this point James was also done talking and had to get to work. I felt like I didn’t get to know him like I wanted to. In fact, I wanted to ask him to give me some hints on what to fix for dinner. I have chicken breast and would like to do something different. But I digress. This isn’t about me, it’s about James.
Earlier in the day I was picking avocados off our tree and thought about how God is like an avocado. They take time to ripen. You could try to eat it fresh off the tree, but you wouldn’t really get the full effect of all its greatness. Most likely you will go away unsatisfied or may not try again. God is hard to understand at first too. But once you sit with God for a while the fruit will ripen before you know it and you will really enjoy the full goodness of God’s love and grace.
I like to think James is like an avocado. I have to look up to find him. And I will have to wait patiently until I see him again to get more information. Until now, I need a neck message.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”