Thursday, December 01, 2011

Ciao, Sicily & andiamo, Reno!

What happens when you get what you want? Let me tell you - bittersweet feelings. As much as I've loved living in Italy (the pace, the people, the food!), it's no secret that I've wanted to settle down somewhere and make roots. Not just for me, but for Amelia. I so deeply want her to make friends now that she'll graduate with later. After many prayers and crossed fingers, my wishes have come true, and the B family is moving back to the land of milk and honey - the United States of America!

So, why the bittersweet feelings? It's funny - you can wish for something for so long that when it actually happens, you start to take a deep look at the life you've been living and realize - hey this isn't so bad! The Sicilian lifestyle is one about family. The so-called "Slow Food Movement"? Well, it's always been a "thing" in Italy, not just a trend or fad. And the travel! Let's not forget the travel. The opportunities are amazing, and we have been so blessed to have been able to travel Europe and get a glimpse of how other people live their lives. (the sole reason to travel, in my opinion)

All of that aside, I am extremely excited to settle down in Reno and make our mark on what so far seems like a hip, friendly city. To be a part of an actual community without the strings attached of "how long will I be here, and how much should I invest emotionally?" is a great feeling. Loving the high desert living!