I am lacking. Or rather slacking. Whichever you prefer, I have completely failed this project this week! I have just recently started grad school which means 4 nights a week of class and working part-time as a grad assistant during the day. I haven’t read up on any history since the ancient Romans and my plan was to have finished the history section by tomorrow! How can I say I have understood Italian history when all I know is a few facts about ancient Rome? What about all those years to follow? The Middle Ages? The Unification of Italy?! The Italian Renaissance?!!! I feel like I am missing an eternity of information. What is Italy without Dante? Without St. Francis? Heck! Italy wouldn’t be Italy without Garibaldi…and I have missed it all.
Which is why the only thing I can think of to write about is the Italian word mancare, which literally translates into English as “to miss”. But it also means to lack, to come short or to run out of supply. I have lacked discipline, run short of time and missed centuries of Italy’s life. Mi manca. More importantly, I have missed Italy. I have missed learning about Italy, which is why I started this whole project in the first place
But if I sit here and dwell in my self pity then all I am going to do is just miss more. So, I am moving on and I hope that this feeling of “mancare” will be soon be replaced with one of trovare, or “to find”.
Next up…..The Italy of Today! I have chosen this topic specifically with my current busy lifestyle in mind. Hopefully reading a few current day articles a week will prove to be a more attainable task than tackling centuries of history in 36 days. But just in case, I have swore to myself that I will find at least 3 modern day issues in Italy and write about them over the next month and I hope that you will hold me to it.