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Today I read about christian blogger Glennon Doyle Melton coming out, and I saw pictures of her with her girlfriend, soccer star, Abby Wambach.  Of course, I was interested because she is a christian and anytime a well known christian comes out, it pikes my curiosity.  As I read about her, I saw that Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert, came out a couple of months ago.  This surprised me.  I remember reading her book when I lived in Turkey, and it made me want to run away and find myself.  I remember wishing I could go to Italy just so I could eat pizza at Pizzaria de Michele.  Tonight, I was telling Candied Jansen about how much I loved that book and that description of pizza.  I opened up the blog I wrote way back then and typed the word pizza in the search box.  The first post that showed up was the one I was looking for.  Notice the date.

Monday, November 12, 2007
I am reading a book that has a description of pizza that I can’t get out of my head. It’s not so much the description of the pizza but the description of where to find the pizza. In the book the author is visiting Italy. While in Italy someone tells her to visit a certain pizzeria in Naples. He claims it’s the best pizza in Naples. The author then goes on to explain that the best pizza in the world is found in Italy. The best pizza in Italy is found in Naples, and the best pizza in Naples is found at this certain pizzeria. That makes the pizza she is about to experience the best pizza in the world! She tries it and has this to say about it.

“So Sofie and I have come to Pizzeria de Michele, and these pies we have just ordered – one for each of us- are making us lose our minds. I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair. Meanwhile, Sofie is practically in tears over hers, she’s having a metaphysical crisis about it, she’s begging me, “Why do they even bother trying to make pizza in Stockholm? Why do we even bother eating food at all in Stockholm?”

Nine years ago, I was in the middle of an emotional online affair with a woman.  I was in a Christian ministry position and feeling stuck and not sure what to do about it.  I read a book about a woman who basically ran away from her life to figure out who she was.  I had 4 kids and a family I couldn’t just check out of.  Thank goodness!  I lived vicariously through this woman’s story, and I wrote about pizza.  2 years later, I left my husband and came out.  I dated some and then married the most amazing woman.  I rediscovered that post about pizza today because a Christian blogger came out.  And the woman who described that pizza…she’s out now, too.  It feels like it’s come full circle!


One response »

  1. I remember reading both of these when I was figuring myself out, both of them made me think there was hope in some kind of odd way.. like they made it through everything and were strong enough to make that leap. Two awesome women!


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