As I sit at the top of the steps overlooking the center of the city, it hits me. Hits me like the strong Italian coffee I have 6 times a day. Time, is of the utmost importance but it should never be rushed. There will always be things to worry about, people to please, deadlines to be meet and lessons to learn. But, the most important is THE NOW.
I’m perched next to chiesa di santa something overlooking 91 Italian students. They have their whole lives in front of them. They are full of life and energy. As I scan the scene I realize they are all characters in an important play: my life.
One group is in love. The next is running sprints up the steps. I look to the left and spot the kid with the old soul talking to the teachers. In front of me is my shadow who won’t leave my side and is nervous to talk to me. Just to the left of the old soul are the kids who look like they are up to no good. Somewhere between the teachers and lovebirds you’ve got the highly intelligent group. And then there is me.
I will never have this time or space again. I may return to Italy, to teaching, to life but it will not be the same. This experience is unique. I have been welcomed here with open arms. I have learned so much about Italian culture, life and art. My heart is warm and my brain is full. And I’m changing. Everyday. Evolution of the mind, body and soul. Viva la bella vita.
Students in Italy love American music. They all sing Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and whatever else the kids are listening to these days. I feel very fortunate to be paired up with such a progressive teacher, Lara Ferrari. Together we helped her students write a song about their school…all in English!!! The music department is writing the music and we will all work together to produce a song. I will post the lesson plan as soon as I write it. Teaching is exhausting and wonderful all at the same time.