I’m not taking this time in Italy for granted—covid won’t let me do that. There is a preciousness to everything I’m doing: the big things, such as going to museums; the small things, like where to stop for the first cappuccino of the day; and the in-between things, such as which street I wander down. I’m glad I came.
Most of all, I’m glad I came to absorb the gratitude expressed by the Florentines during these Covid times. They are grateful to be walking the streets after the country’s complete lockdown. They do what they have to do to enter any public building—show their green (vaccination) card and wear a mask. And then they go on with life, the Italian way, living joyfully in the moment. This positive, joyful energy, and this living in and for the moment is palpable. Worth bringing home, which makes me more willing to say, I’m glad came