This morning, drinking my coffee snuggled up on my couch ticking off my to-do list, rather than slowly sipping seaside; I welcomed the idea that summer has officially ended. I did my best to soak up enough sunshine to last me through another Northern Italian winter, and I think I succeeded! This professional year brings great challenges, and I feel ready and able. There is something very sweet about the third year of teaching. Terror finally recedes, and you start to become the teacher you always wanted to be. This year, my title is a bit different, as I will be wearing 3 different hats during the week. Half of my time will be spent in the 3rd grade bilingual class, and the other half in the middle school teaching English as a second language. In addition to these responsibilities, I will also be the coordinator for the English department; as a representative, a written translator, and a mediator. Part of this position requires me to regularly attend meetings in French and Italian; the absurdity of this is laughable. I am walking out of my first week feeling positive, but now truly understanding the lack of a personal life I will have for the next 10 months.
Rewind one weekend, Luca and I were attending the wedding of my dear friend Katie, and then fiance Riccardo. Katie and I were ‘set-up’ as expats, and our friendship bloomed. Hours of walks and talks in our home away from home, Katie has been a rock (life ain’t always easy as a foreigner)! Celebrating this day with her and Ricky was a magical experience. As our first and maybe only Australian/Italian wedding, we didn’t know what to expect. High up in the Alpine mountains, Katie and Ricky took their vows lakeside, and then spent the rest of the day eating, dancing, playing music, and making speeches – in no particular order. In fact, I’m pretty sure we danced between every course- but who knows with the endless supply of Italian wine? Intermittently, friends and family stood up to toast the newlyweds, and nearly every speech brought tears to my eyes. Bringing two families together from across the globe is a pretty emotional thing, and attests to their love and dedication to each other. For Luca and I, it was a gorgeous way to end our dream of a summer, and to be reminded of what life is all about.
Here are some phone-camera shots, also, in no particular order.
Leaving you with a picture of Luca’s favorite new pose; eyes shut.