The Time My Girlfriend and I Met a Saint
I dragged my girlfriend into Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to light candles together (my Orthodox convert self couldn’t resist), and there was this old man huddled by the entrance doors, exactly as pictured in the photo above. He was saying something softly, as if to himself, but not to himself. We stopped on the way out to get an icon from the little booth inside most Orthodox churches. Here we examined the little old man more closely. I don’t speak Bulgarian yet, so I asked my girlfriend what he was saying. Even she found it difficult to make out all the words. But it wasn’t what he said that left an impression on me, but his sweet and humble character. He smiled at us in a way that did not suggest judgment, something very rare for a lesbian couple in Eastern Europe. Later, I ran across an article online. http://londonspagirl.blogspot.com/2012/07/a-living-saint-grandpa-dobri.html The old man was none other than the viral sensation Grandpa Dobri.
He celebrates his 100th birthday this year. God grant him many many more.
In defence of the suit
Why people do not like wearing suits is beyond me. It is quite possibly the easiest and most comfortable piece of men’s clothing that exists. A well-fitting suit is as comfortable, if not more, than those well-worn jeans and T-shirt that people appear to consider their “go to” clothes when dressing comfortably. Also, with suits you never have to worry about matching jacket and trousers, all you need is to pick a shirt, tie and pocket square (if you happen to use those) and you are done. It probably took me less than five minutes to get dressed this morning and that included a minute long search for a specific pocket square I knew I had but just couldn’t locate in my all too full PS drawer. So when you need something that is comfortable to wear, but that still have you looking smart and dapper - don a suit!
Vintage Caraceni suit, Belisario MTM shirt, Marinella tie, Drake’s PS, Church Balmoral in black calf
Who thinks they need to get in shape? If after seeing this you think you are fit enough…take the day off!