About every six months I get the itch to complete a full sweep of my home, office, and all tangible items I own. Something about holding onto things I simply do not use or that clutter the tiny spaces I have available bother me tremendously. Needless to say, I am not one for holding on to memorabilia that bring moments of nostalgia. I do have some trinkets and pictures stored in a trunk in my garage but mostly from my days as a high school and college athlete. However, there is a picture. One picture in particular, that seems to beg for me to hold on for dear life. When I was 16 years old I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Italy for two weeks with some of my classmates. As most, I wanted to capture these moments in time but I was still a 16 year old rambunctious kid who could drink legally in Italy. I took a bunch of disposal Kodak cameras and snapped shots while on the trip. Most of the pictures simply capture nights out on the town, a little bit of architecture, and beautiful people. When I came home and they were developed, there was a picture of a young girl around 4 or 5 years of age, wearing a flower dress and rosary, standing in a rose bush with a stunned look as if she was not prepared for the snapshot. The picture was beautiful but I was not the photographer who took it! The mystery of where this came from, who took the picture, and who this little girl was has stuck with me for over 15 years now. It could be some random girl from Italy or a tiny mix up with another customers negatives when my pictures were developed. I simply do not know the answer. This little girl is now probably 20 or 21 years old and could be living down the street from me; an Italian pop star; a criminal; heading off to college; or simply working a job like everyone else. The mystery surrounding these potential answers are why I have had this picture for so long and why we are now looking for this young woman. That is why we need your help. We hope to find this young woman, contact her, and interview her about the picture and her life. We are asking that everyone not just like this post but share it. Share it with friends and family. Help us complete this missing piece of a puzzle I have been waiting to complete for 15 years. Charles and I, Antonio, are hoping to locate this young woman, take a trip, and document everything so you all can be a part of this journey as well. We thank you for your help in advance. Check out the video for more details, including the picture of the girl. You can also listen to this podcast episode and others on our website www.230dudes.com or on iTunes. We look forward to sharing our progress as this story unfolds.
Antonio & Charles