At dinner last night our good friend Larry surprised Laurent by presenting him with a holy card (above) and wishing him a “Happy Name Day vigil.” And indeed today is the Feast Day of Saint Lawrence (Laurent, Lorenzo,)Deacon and Martyr, after whom Laurent was named.
Though not as widely observed here in Italy as in some countries (Poland for example where it is more important than a birthday)a Name Day or Onomastico is still a cause for celebration in some parts of the country. Laurent has decided that a celebration and a gift would be in order. On both those counts he is going to be sadly disappointed.
Larry mentioned that, to the best of his knowledge, there was no Saint William so I was out of luck. WRONG LARRY WRONG!! I found three so I have my choice: January 10th – St William of Bourges; June 8th – St William of York; or June 25th – St William the Abbot.
Perhaps I should reconsider that celebration and gift idea of Laurent’s, I could make out like a bandit!
Correction: Along with a slightly revisionist take on last evening’s conversation Larry e-mailed me a list of 61 Saint Williams (though a few go by several variations of their name – a saintly trait that I myself have emulated – so its probably more like 50.) Still it could make for a not bad haul.
10 agosto – San Lorenzo