by Kate Collins
I’m so sorry to disappoint you. I’d asked Marco to write a blog for you, but he declined. I even had Abby ask, but no. He said he’s not good with words, he’s good with actions. I think Abby would verify that. But we did get him to agree to be interviewed. The transcript is as follows:
Kate: I don’t mean to embarrass you, Marco, but do you realize that you are the object of many women’s fantasies?
Marco: (With a shrug) If it makes them feel better.
Kate: You come from a large Italian-American family. Six siblings, right? How do you get along?
Marco: Considering three of them live in other parts of the country, we get along fine. My sister Gina and my little brother Rafe live here in New Chapel, and we’ve had our differences, but we still love each other deep down. Usually. That’s what makes a family. No matter what, families are there for each other.
Kate: Being that you turn women’s heads wherever you go, what attracted you to Abby?
Marco: You say that like there’s something wrong with her.
Kate: Well, let’s be honest. Abby is short, busty, hot-tempered, and has green eyes, red hair, and freckles, nearly the opposite of your Italian good looks.
Marco: Is that how you see Abby?
Kate: That’s how I see her, yes.
Marco: You must need glasses. I see a beautiful person inside and out. Someone who has this, I don’t know what the right word is, joy, maybe. Yeah, that’s it. A joy for life. A hunger for new experiences. See, that’s how I am. That’s why something clicked between us the first time we met. Well, it did for me, anyway. I feel relaxed around her. I don’t need to pretend to be someone I’m not. She accepts me with all my flaws and I do the same with her. We respect each other’s differences.
Kate: All your flaws? Seriously? What flaws do you have?
Marco: Everyone has flaws. Even you, Kate. (A flicker of a grin)
Kate: Please. Don’t get me started on MY flaws. I could write a book . . . oh, wait. I don’t need more books to write. I’ve got one coming out this October 5th and another next April – but you knew that.
Marco: (glancing around) Are we done yet?
Kate: One more question. You went into the Army Rangers after college, then you joined the police force, but you only stayed a year. Why?
Marco: It had a lot to do with respect. I had a commander who didn’t respect his men or the people he served. If you’re going to be a police officer, you need to stand for something, and I wasn’t seeing it. I kind of gave him a hard time, too. If you want to know the truth, it was a lot easier being an Army Ranger. I had more control and I got way more respect.
Kate: You’ve mentioned respect quite a bit in this interview. It must be a main theme in your life.
Marco: It’s the only theme, as far as I’m concerned. I learned this from my mom: when two people respect and admire each other, their bond will be a strong as steel. That’s another reason why Abby and I fit so well. She admires me and I admire her - what she does and who she is. Speaking of which – (Standing) Gotta go. Abby is waiting.
Kate: Thanks, Marco. Abby is a lucky woman. Hey, if the readers have any questions ....?
Marco: Send em my way.
Readers, what do you think is the most important “theme” in a strong relationship? Can opposites not only attract, but stay together, or will their opposing qualities break down their relationship over time?
And of course, if you have any questions for Marco, write them down. I’ll do my best.