Sunday links and some emotional ramblings

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It’s Sunday and I have a couple of links to blogs and blog posts that I have seen this past week for you to explore if you are interested and have the time to sit down and read and look.

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It is Mother’s Day today here in Italy and in some other countries as well, I never really liked these institutional celebration when you are told to celebrate something even though I have to say that I do like the reasons for which it as instituted in the end of the 19th century. We’ve lost track of that unfortunately but maybe we should try to teach our children why they celebrate this day? Not that I mind being celebrated by my children but really, I want them to do that every day! Well, I started on this trail because this week I have been thinking a lot about my mother, ever since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 13-14 years ago, my view of on ageing has changed. First of all it made me think about old age and then I obviously was very scared about having Alzheimer’s in my genes (some of her brothers and sisters had it too), I still am and it is a silent, subconscious worry that no arguments in the world can silence. But I try to remember the positive aspects of my mother’s illness, how it changed the way we communicated and was with each other when I accepted her state of mind as an illness. We (or maybe it was just me, who knows) learned to communicate on a emotional level, to just be with each other without too many words but with a lot of physical contact and it was just as precious to me as when she was healthy. Of course I miss her the way she was but I also miss her the way she became because my love for her didn’t diminish but even grew stronger because of her illness. So there were positive aspects to remember when the scare hits me in the stomach. This week I came upon one blog and one blog post that inspire me and somehow give me hope. The blog is Il y a de la vie après 70 ans, written and photographed by Julie who documents her life in words and above all photos and who, by doing this, shows me that I can go on for as long as I like, that I don’t need to see the future tinged in grey but that it is full of colours and life even at the time of life when my mother had embarked on her solitary journey. Thank you Julie! And then I read this post by Di over at designer’s block who wrote a post about herself and her life and how she feels about it and it managed to infuse me with a lot of hope somehow and that I really thank her for. Writing this I understand how much I miss having a mother figure in my life, I don’t think I will ever really grow up. To end this trail, I want to link to this photo that my dear friend Paz posted on Paz’s New York Minute which really sums up what life is all about.

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But don’t worry, it is not all about emotions today, I have a small bunch of other links too: the first is to a soup recipe that I must try as soon as possible, Annemarie and consort created the perfect mushroom soup over at Ambrosia and Nectar, a soup with an unexpected ingredient!
And to finish off, I have two links on Italy, Becoming Italian Word By Word is a really interesting read if you are interested in the Italian language and its socio-historical aspects, that might sound boring to you but I can assure you that it isn’t so do take a look if you have the time, you will learn a lot about Italy. (Found via Under an Olive Tree) And please take a look at these incredible photos of Calabria made by photographer Sara Remington, you will not regret it!

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