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Street Meditations

For the past few weeks, I’ve had that sinking Gretel feeling– you know, the one where I cleverly put down  crumbs to find my way back home, only to discover all that the crumbs have been eaten?  It’s not a new feeling, and  I probably go through this at least once every few months but my inner Gretel definitely becomes over-exaggerated during the early spring when I find myself lost in the crowds and rapidly morphing from super mom to bad mom to writer to researcher and back without any logic.  In other words, I can’t find my way.

Freelancing is not always fun and games, especially when chasing projects or invoices, and being super bad mom is not as effortless is I make it look.  I stress out more than once a day, I lose my cool and sometimes my kids, so I need something to help me slip from one personality to the next.  My meditation? An early morning walk  from Piazza di Spagna back to my house, with a coffee break at Ciampini.

Walking through the side streets turns me into an overgrown Harriet the Spy, watching everyone ~  street cleaners, bankers, lawyers, shop girls and guys, dog walkers, flower vendors, bicycling parents, moms who brunch, waiters, buskers and the fabulously dressed Fendi staff ~ trickling in and out of alleys.  I clear my head wondering where they are everyone coming from, what they are doing and what they are talking about. At 8:30 am, Rome is all about what makes the city that you think you know and love tick.

While Holy Week does mean its harder to walk aimlessly walk as everyone is vying for a little bit of concrete even before the shops open, the streets themselves let my mind wander too.

Moncler, on the corner of via dei Condotti and Piazza di Spagna, may have my favorite window display and I’ve had a lot of fun interpreting and re-intrepreting it.  My latest thought: Amelia Earhart breaking out of a bomb shelter.

Buskers usually give me the hives. I don’t “get” the Sphinx or Statue of Liberty wall-flowering around Rome’s piazzas but I do think this season’s must have nonsensical busker may change my mind: the lonely Storm Trooper with blue (?!) light saber and carry-on luggage.  Frankly, I always thought they would only travel with Samsonite white.

6 comments on “Street Meditations

  1. “That Sinking Gretel Feeling”– I love it! That’s how I feel all the time. Hey, who ate my crumbs? And yes, I too have mastered the fine art of being a super bad mom, mamma snaturatissima. And, finally like you I get a kick out of a walk through Rome…although mine is at 3pm and I go flying out of my office at Piazza Grazioli making a bee-line to get my daughter at the French school in Villa Borghese at 3:30pm….but there are so many wonderful windows and people to see in that brief time and short distance. Soaking up Rome helps me to forget to hunt for the crumbs. Keep up the great posts! Trisha

  2. We all have different ways to connect to ourselves and you explained it so gracefully and originally in this post. Keep it up. Keep walking meditation.

  3. Sigh. I totally lost it with my kids today because of an overdue writing project. I’m hoping that perspective I ordered online comes in the post tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ll take a walk. Bacione…

  4. The next time you find yourself in Naples Fl., call me and I can introduce you to another form of (sanity maintenance) which I employ here in south Florida. …. Flying over the Everglades and creating a need to to fly to breakfast in Keywest or Marithon is a joy to the visual/spacial senses. Having one of the largest wild life preservation area in the U.S. Is just too much not take advantage of with whatever tools one has at their disposal. …….. You have Rome and you know how we love it, but … you also have the natural ( granted, not much in the way of cultural thrill rides ) beauty of the southern Florida peninsula. If you ever have the opportunity to find yourself with both the time and inclination to experience the blogable impresions of the Florida Bay by air. …. Well, you know how to find us. I really enjoy your journalism (the Cuban connected Miami Veterinarian )


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