Ah... the blog. I haven’t been nearly as good at writing as I had hoped to be, but I guess that’s life.
Yesterday we left Giglio, and as I expected I have many mixed emotions. I am, of course, excited to get back - but I will certainly miss this amazingly rich time we have had here in Italy as a family. The truth is that during our three months here I never had a moment of home sickness where I wanted to just pack it all up and fly home. What a blessing it has been to have been in very beautiful and comfortable home in an amazing rural, quiet and relaxing place.
Though home schooling is definitely not in our future, the time the three of us have spent together has been rich. When in B’ham our days fly by, and with Zoe at the gym we get little actual face time. These three months have been nothing but face time! I’ll miss taking evening walks together (with the dogs) taking step classes with Zoe at the gym and playing lots of Nertz (sp?) and Banana grams around the kitchen table. I am hoping that as Zoe grows older and looks back on this time she will remember it fondly (and not as some kind of cruel torture). This of course remains to be seen.
It is hard for me to imagine that after three months of living and traveling in a country the size of Arizona that I need more time, but that is kind of how I feel. While Doug and I were taking our final walk through town (see facebook album) we stopped to chat with some people outside of the Tobacco store where we buy our bus tickets. One of the men there told us (and I absolutely believe him) that we could have spent three months seeing things only in Frosinone - which is the small province where our little “town” of Giglio is. Never mind all of the traveling we did! This man’s theory was backed up when we had a good-bye polenta dinner with our friends Gigliola and Antonio. Gigliola invited her son and his family to dinner as well, and during the dinner her son asked us about visiting a number of smaller nearby towns that he said were fantastic to see... we had not been to any of them!! Oh! We need more time! :-)
But home we come... and even though it makes me a wee bit weepy to leave this magical time and place I know when I get off or the plane in Seattle I will be happy to be home.
|Ciao casa di Giglio... Speriamo di venire ancora l'un giorno|