First of all, here are signs indicating that yes, I really long for the 3Ss? I retreat to my Angel Room: I say no to invitations that suggest socializing that is noisy, chatty, and apt to send me down an unnecessarily complicated path: I am elated when I have a day (or better still, days) free of plans, obligations or conversation; and, I find myself planning ways to get away to Florence again so I can wander the city by myself.
That’s precisely what I have done today—not just planned but made a flight reservation and apartment rental for January 10-23. Why not experience the city in the mid winter, a winter that won’t be as cold, dark or snowy the New England one I will be leaving.
I miss the cottage where I would spend four or five days alone, not talking to a soul. Living in Florence for two weeks is another comforting solution to this longing. Making the plan answers both questions. Yes, I have the longing; Florence in January satisfies it.
P.S. My husband, who has many projects going on, says he can use the silence, solitude and simplicity as well—as long as I leave meals on his shelf in the freezer. Very grateful all around.