Mario
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Octogenarian optician
Friday 14th October 2011, Florence, Italy.
N and I had been to look at Michelangelo’s David, and were walking back to our hotel when I stopped to look at some old cameras in a shop window. N wanted to get back, but I managed to persuade her to follow me into the shop. The shopkeeper, Mario, was small and kind looking and he welcomed us in perfect English. He was friendly and inquisitive, but not in a fake, salesman kind of way. Within minutes he was telling us that he had made love to his wife 6 times on the first night they spent together and then every night of their marriage (twice on Sundays and Mondays). His wife was from Leytonstone in London and had walked into his shop one day to get some photos developed and he'd fallen in love straight away. He worshipped her and couldn’t understand why men would argue with their wives or girlfriends. He had photos of her all over the shop, in his wallet, in his car and a big one over his bed. The last words she had said to him on her deathbed were, "thank you for an amazing marriage."
Questions & Answers
1. What have you decided to do with the money?
I am going to give it to my daughter who works with abandoned dogs. She's adopted 130 of them and has a real passion for animals. When I fix a pair of glasses, I don't charge, instead I ask for a donation to her charity.
2. Is it important to get something back from the giving process and why?
I don’t want anything back, not even for my birthday! I like so much more giving than receiving, it makes me feel so much better. I never really liked presents!
3. What are your thoughts and feelings about Wearelucky?
Astonished. I really cant believe it and I'm waiting for you to say it's a joke. It seems impossible, like a dream.
4. Is there anything you would like to ask Wearelucky?
Do you know you are lucky? Life without love is not a life, it doesn’t matter what you have. But I can still be happy. As soon as I wake up in the morning I dash to the shop because this shop is my life and I love it because I can talk to people.

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