Monday, March 11, 2013

Bring it on, Stendhal

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your continued readership, in these the waning days of Letters from Florence. My mind orbits around U.S. immigration documents and the wrapping up of the Italian phase of four peripatetic humans much like the earth turns around the sun: imperceptibly yet ploddingly relentless. It also, inevitably, circles around memories good and not-so-good, and--apparently unlike the grim majority of Italian politicians--looks to the future.

How does one wrap up 12 years of a life abroad, uprooting children to boot? One just rolls up one's sleeves and does it, I imagine.

I am sad to say that the Bürgermeister will get my house, even though he already has a largish home, another rental property, access to a beach house and two other dismal nuggets of real estate here on this benighted patch of my in-laws' earth. No, I am not happy about this. I wanted one of my young nephews to buy our cozy little casa--perhaps Daniele, who's nearly 30, with a fiancée and a decent job, who still sleeps in the upper bunk in the cramped room he shares with his younger brother and sister. But none of the younger generation stepped forward, nor did their parents for them. As often seems to happen in Italy, the incumbent old dude with the wheelbarrow full of money and his fingers in all kinds of crostata holds sway and youth is elbowed aside, forced to sleep precariously on the narrow twin bed of opportunity.

I'm also thinking about my next blogging enterprise, other writing projects, and the ways in which I might continue my own dogged brand of cultural contemplation in the land of my birth, with these rather bemused Midwestern eyes that have for a time gazed upon the enchanting and confounding Italian landscape.

My room with a view
 
Speaking of landscapes and gazing, my bedroom overlooks a nun's convent (their cells, actually), a fact which has proven absolutely worthless in terms of inspiring me to anything resembling saintly behavior. My kitchen window, on the other hand, overlooks that part of the FIL's garden which he apparently regards as his plein air pissoir. Now that I've always found very inspiring--it's why I write this blog, after all.

But I wonder: to what heights of repulsion and wonder will America inspire me?

Will I be afflicted by a kind of reverse Stendhal syndrome, where instead of swooning over Botticelli's nymphs I'll faint dead away at seeing the People of Walmart in the--ahem--flesh?


Well, it being America and all, there's probably a pill for that.

Campobello

17 comments:

  1. Can't wait to hear about your new adventures, but I will sorely miss this blog!

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  2. Thank you :-) Rest assured that the new blog will still talk about Italy and things Italian, though more from the perspective of someone who has returned to the nest, as it were.

    Thanks for reading!

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    1. I also moved from Italy to the States and sponsored by husband via direct consular filing, so I have some info on that if you need help with the process! My email is michele (dot) connors (at) gmail (dot) com

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    2. Thank you, Michele :-) We're in the process now--waiting for the visa appointment in Naples. I'll definitely contact you if any questions arise!

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  3. I am sad to hear that you are leaving Florence but I am excited for your new adventure. Just promise us you won't stop writing. good luck with all of the red-tape madness!

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    1. Thanks, Georgette. No, I won't stop writing--I'll eventually post the link(s) to my new project(s) here :-) Good to know you're carrying on the Florentine blog torch, as it were!

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  4. I feel like I missed something important (in general and to me personally) - last I was reading about school supplies, now about leaving... I'm curious as to the rest/middle of the story....
    (and I wish you all the best)

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    1. Thank you, Hope :-)

      If you go back through the posts a bit you'll understand the evolution of the thinking process that has led to our decision to leave the Bel Paese. The reasons are varied and personal (and obviously not entirely detailed here) of course. But I'd never just drop a bomb on my readers! ;-)

      I wish you well in your stay in Florence.

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  5. I have actually read most of your blog in the past and always thought that despite it all you decided to stay (and that has actually affected my own thoughts about, to quote the Clash, "should I stay or should I go?"), which is what made me so curious as to whether something in particular happened in the past few months. It sounds like it was more of a culmination and a long time coming... I wish you well. Take care!

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  6. Nothing in particular happened, you're right. Did you see this post? This is where I make the "official announcement" and discuss some of my reasoning:

    http://lettersfromflorence.blogspot.it/2012/10/impressions-ripples-in-pond.html

    I read in your recent post regarding your travels in northern Europe how much more open it seemed to foreigners, and "foreign ideas" etc. (God, I love Paris, too!) This is what I'm talking about. I love Italy, but it's just too provincial for me--and more importantly, I don't really want my children absorbing the mindset.

    Thanks again for reading and commenting, Hope :-)

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    1. I'd also encourage anyone interested in Italy's future, as well as the current state of things, to watch the recent documentary called "Girlfriend in a Coma" (available free on their website or on Youtube, I believe.

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  7. Well, I actually did miss that post, so thanks for setting me straight :) (I found your blog a few months ago, after that one was published, and read through many of your personal favorites.) I found the comments to your announcement post interesting as well, and reminiscent of my thoughts when I wrote "behind the scenes of an expat blog." I'm pretty sure there's an amazing psychological study or two to be had.... Again, all the best!

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  8. Alexandra1:41 PM

    Can't wait to hear your musings on WalMart in particular. And I'll keep you posted on the Il Lapo happenings, don't you worry. Un abbraccio, as always.

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    1. Alexandra, I'm *counting* on you to provide "The Il Lapo Chronicles"!

      xoxo

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  9. Valorie6:20 AM

    I just recently started reading your blog. I have truly enjoyed your stories of personal experiences from beginning to end. As a reader I know many of us can relate to your stories. I just wanted to wish you the best in your new move to the states. I hope you continue to blog. Its like being unable to put a good book down.

    Best wishes!

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    1. Valorie, thank you so much for such a kind comment! I am so pleased you feel you can relate to what I write about. It made my day (just got back from a week in the mountains and am facing a wreck of a house and a ton of stuff to do in preparation for the move). I am planning to keep blogging--watch this blog for updates and details on my new "incarnation" :-)

      Thanks again for dropping by.

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