One Step Back…
It’s been a busy past few weeks. Michael was offered a chance to stay on in Italy for another year, through September 2013. We though long and hard, discussed the pros and cons, and decided to accept the offer. Living in Rome has been quite the adventure…why stop now?
I headed back to the States a few days before Michael for a whirlwind tour at the end of August, to prepare our Phoenix home for sale and make room in the Sedona house for all of our belongings. Even though both of us have moved, unlike some people who stay in the same house for most of their lives, we had so much stuff!
The Phoenix garage was full of boxes that hadn’t been opened since Michael moved from Denver. Sedona was full of old files and long forgotten “treasures”. Goodwill, the dump, neighbors and friends became the new owners of most of our things.
We once again ate at our favorite restaurants, had quick visits with a few friends, and said short goodbyes. I sadly resigned from my job, with hopes to return one day. Isis, our cat, went to live with our beloved neighbors. We stuffed what provisions we could fit for the coming year in our suitcases and prepared to return to Roma.
Being back home in Phoenix, and knowing that while it’s “home” we will not have a literal home to return to, felt melancholy and a little scary. I’m a firm believer though, that letting go creates room for something new in one’s life. We have lots of room in ours now.
Upon returning to Rome, we again felt out of place, not being able to speak the language or understand what’s going on around us. Walking the streets of our neighborhood we looked at each other and said, “Did we really say yes to living here for another year?!” It’s loud and crowded and polluted; yet ancient and exciting and vibrant.
We move to a new apartment next month at the other end of the neighborhood. It’s bigger, nicer and we’ll have 2 bathrooms again! We start language tutoring next week to help us learn Italian. I’ve joined the Association of American Women in Rome, which will provide volunteer opportunities and hopefully new friendships. We went to an party this week for Internations, a great group of Italian and English speaking folks who have lived all over the world, and made new friends.
One step back. Two steps forward. I hope you will continue to follow along with us on our adventure this coming year.