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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie


Do you ever see something and think: "Ah ha! That's why I like (fill in the blank)!" ?

Like seeing a dog take only a second to switch from depression, with his little head flat on the floor, to euphoria, with his tail wagging madly, just because you call his name?

Or seeing a particularly large chunk of Oreo in a cookies n'creme ice cream scoop?

Or perhaps seeing the way a certain piece of jewelry, worth $10 or $1,000, glitter in the daylight?

Seeing the sunlight radiate off the buildings at a Roman sunset, was always one of those ah-ha moments for me and my love of Rome. 

This picture is another. And it also explains the subconscious urge I had to use red, orange and yellow as the main colors in decorating my apartment. Really, is there anything more beautiful??

What types of things remind you of your loves (big- Family or small-Oreos)?

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