I’ve just returned from a trip to Italy. A long waited, detailed planned trip prepared by my husband who everyone knows is a “foodie” and from Italian parents. He spent the last two years researching his heritage, taking Italian classes and determined to learn to make fresh pasta. But above all (I hope! LOL) the trip was a celebration of our lives together. We both turned 60 this year and we were married on my birthday. So we celebrated 32 years of marriage. We are settled, we are happy and we are at peace with each other

Italy has a very low population growth – perhaps the lowest in the world – so I didn’t see many babies. But whenever I did see a stroller, the magnetic pull toward it was undeniable. The parents cooed the same way we do here, the babies smiles receptively as they looked at their parents’ faces and low and behold, there it was again the PACIFIER!! Yes, folks, the same styles, same colors and innumerable designs of pacifiers that we use her in the USA were being treasured and sucked on by every single baby I saw. Even an almost three year old was sucking on her pacifier. What can I say? I couldn’t help but laugh to myself, as you all know that I do not mind pacifiers. The babies seem to enjoy them too. Of course there is a limit and a time to let that thing go. Perhaps by 6 to 9 months?

The art in Italy and the coastal scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Their historic art permeates everywhere from the churches, the streets, to their cemeteries. Of course, Bologna is the gastronomic capital of Italy. We eat well. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to returning to work with new enthusiasm and gratefulness for the life we have in the US. The grass is not greener on the other side. I missed not being able to instantly reach for my cell phone and at least hear my daughter’s voice on her cell phone message. Not speaking with them for two long weeks seemed l like an eternity.

We are blessed to be alive, to have loved ones and to live in a country where life and family is treasured. It is great going on vacation and it is even better coming home again.

Till next time,

Dr. de Freitas