Fifteen years ago, I fell in love with football.
And then I fell in love with a very talented football player named Fabio Cannavaro.
And then I fell in love with AC Parma, Cannavaro’s old team.
And then eventually I fell in love with Azzuri (Italian National Team).
Wait, I hope there is another verb to describe my feeling because love wasn’t enough. I lived through them, I lived for them.
However I grew up and life happened and even though the love’s still there, I’m not that naive anymore.
Two years ago, I met Fabio Cannavaro in person. Universe has proven me that if you really REALLY believe in one dream, the universe will conspire and make your dream come true.
And it happened. I met Fabio Cannavaro. What are the odds?
Three weeks ago, another dream has come true. The twelve years old little girl named May had a dream that she will visit Ennio Tardini someday. Not so common for a travel destination but she loved Parma so much and she wanted to visit the town someday.
Guess what, she did.
(Geez I’m so corny I cried while typing this.)
But seriously… when I was a kid, I wasn’t so happy at home. The only thing that made me happy was football. I was watching football and daydreamed about all the nice things. That someday I will visit Italy, I will come to Parma, see Ennio Tardini and I will met Cannavaro.
I know it sounded so silly back then. It was almost impossible but somehow just daydreaming about it made me happy.
If only I could go back for a second and meet the twelve years old May, I would kiss her and said, “you will make it someday. Never stop dreaming.”
Even fifty years from now, I will still remember the feeling. I will always always remember the feeling. =)
Never stop dreaming… and believing. No matter how silly/stupid/impossible it seems. You’ll never know. =)
This year is a hundredth anniversary of AC Parma.
I wish Parma will always be the humble team, and someday could really win a scudetto. =) Well, I’ll never know. ;)
May, her childhood dreams came true.