On March 26th, 2008, I wrote the following email to my family and friends. One of my friends kept that email and sent it back to me yesterday! So, it just goes to show you that I was blogging before I even knew what the heck a blog was…
I had to laugh at my mom’s comment recently about my peaceful life and reread my own email to her. I guess when I am up in the country and had a bit of the good red wine in me, I am more relaxed, haha.
In contrast to that momentary bliss, life is anything but peaceful. Learning a new language, a new city and a new job not to mention living with a woman that hardly speaks English has many challenges! (How do you explain to someone in Italian that you prefer not to drink milk that has expired 5 days ago???)
Edoardo is gone now so I am left to my own devices to scramble through bus and train schedules (that are notoriously late) and teaching a language that if you remember I was never the honor student!
On top of which after navigating a very narrow roadway that has a 20 ft stone wall on one side and a 2,000 ft drop to the sea on the other (for a peaceful weekend in the country), did I also mention up a steep hill in a manual shift car that would crush like an aluminum can on impact??? Needless to say, I was excited for the challenge with my new ‘International licence’ and managed to breeze by all the tricky spots without a scratch only to have my cell phone ring at the top and after feeling quite confident in myself I proceeded to swipe the entire side of the car on a metal fence (and I didn’t even answer the phone, my future sister in law did!)
Luckily, Edoardo and his family are very kind and sweet and if they were upset, well I don’t know any of the Italian swear words yet anyways, haha. I will get it fixed by some overpriced mechanic named Guido that is the cousin of someone who promises he will give us a good deal and he is sure to throw in some home-grown eggplants (along with mama’s recipe for some sort of dish that I cannot pronounce!)
Other than blowing an entire month’s pay cheque on car repairs, hopefully there will be enough left over to buy a cute (and overpriced) summer dress so I will feel better or at least look good in that old, but newly painted Fiat Panda!
Did I mention that I am actually very happy? Well, crazy as it seems and although I miss Edoardo (it doesn’t get easier being apart), I am happy with my new life and hopefully one day we can actually set a wedding date if the Italian government decides to get their heads out of their ….you can fill in the rest!
I have a new friend at work and she speaks English so at least the God’s have been kind to me.
Much love, take care, Leah xo
footnote: that new friend was Elora!