Small Notebook is taking a holiday for two weeks so we can wrap up our time in Italy and transition back to America. We’ll be back with new content Monday, May 16th.
There’s a lot about this trip that I wish I could tell you, but it’s difficult to explain in few words. Would I do it again? Yes, definitely.
As I’m looking through my recent photographs I notice common themes. I have pictures of the kids, of course, and the places we’ve been. Florence has the most beautiful skyline. I have a multitude of pictures of windows, a collection of numbers, and more pictures than I should of other people’s laundry. I love clothes lines.
I think I am going to organize my photos of Venice by color, putting all the reds together, and the yellows, white, blues, and greens. I only have 6,000 pictures from the last three months. No joke. I need to start deleting them to make a good collection. I think I will delete 60 a day. (I’m talking about deleting the ones where I took a few to make sure I got a good shot. Save the best, and remove the extras.)
When we came to Italy, Tom had just learned how to walk. Now he runs fast, and I have to chase him everywhere.
Lane (age 4) learned a few Italian words, but she wasn’t immersed in it since Florence is such an international city and so many people speak English. She did pick up a slight British accent however from all the mums and kids from the UK at play group each week.
What I love most about Italy on this trip: time together, the beauty, the quiet (no cars in Venice!), free time to write, the perspective change, and how surprisingly easy it was to find friends in Florence.
Things I’m looking forward to in Texas: Tex-Mex food and guacamole, North Dallas honey, new opportunities, extended family, and maybe cowgirl boots in my future.