time stands still

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As things change so fast and inevitably, it would be nice, to have a special place where all the memories and flavors and smells of our life which are beginning to fade away would be safely stored. On hand, for whenever we feel the need.

The emotions raging when we were teens wanting to change the world, with headphones hanging from our neck, hours spent on our secret diary or chatting on the phone as if our lives depended on it. Or, further back, the laughters of the afternoon parties to which our mama took us, the special taste of the confectionary sugar we would steal from a cake with a finger, and the magic of the summer days where our games continued uninterrupted. Then, farther still, our baby cries, the smell of the body lotion after the afternoon bath or the plastic spoon that fed us with our first vegetables. Right until the blurred image of our parents as we met their eyes for the first time.

I’m lucky to have at least one such special place still in my life. A house with white walls near the sea I go and visit at least twice a year, almost like on a pilgrimage. It has hosted not only 3 generations of children and the birth of a few family members. Time has taken its toll on it too, of course. But, if i choose the right drawers and cupboards, time stands still. The tiny delights above belong to my grand-grand-mother whom I never met.

 

 

3 Commentaires

  1. Che tesori! Mi piace tantissimo l’illustrazione con il gatto. Un luogo c’è, in Italia, nel mio paesino. Quando cammino per le piccole strade a salita, mi ricordo le nostre corse da bambini, i « passaggi segreti », la vecchia casa che dicevamo stregata (oggi tutta rifatta purtroppo). La piazzetta con la chiesa che mi sembrava cosi’ lontana e che invece è a due passi. Non vedo l’ora di portarci Eli. 🙂

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