Sunday, April 19, 2015
A riveder le stelle -- Florence, here I come!
(OK, it’s the second most incredible sentence. The first was, “I’m having a baby.”)
I leave for Florence in less than a month! FLORENCE, ITALY.
(No, not Florence, S.C.).
OK, so I will only be there for less than a week.
But I hardly think about that.
The city I lived in. The city I loved. The city where I fell in love.
It must be the old woman inside of me – the person who emerged after maternity leave when everything is stripped from you and you learn to live again in a much more basic way – but I swear, two days there may be enough.
I will be so overwhelmed by every little change I see, that it will be any wonder if I’m able to get to sleep at all while there.
Wait, didn’t there used to be a fruttivendolo on that corner?
Wait, they finally removed the scaffolding from that church after a decade?
It will be a journey as much through time as space.
Just to see the faces of the people I once knew. Or walk the streets. Or look up at the white stone blocks on every vicolo, viuzzo and piazza, to re-read street names I haven’t seen in a decade. Very small pleasures that loom large inside of my head.
There’s also a few new things to discover. Like the tram! I plan to ride it into Florentine neighborhoods I’d previously ignored.
I'm going to Florence, Italy. It won't be the same.
But I'm not the same person I was 10 years ago, much less 20. So I think we're good. Real good.