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La Fine. The End.

5 Jul

This is it. Quite possibly the last page of the book. The one you might be tempted to peek at before you read the rest. I forewarn you, there are spoilers!

Why, why did I disappear so suddenly at the beginning of this year? Well, it just so happens that I was also one of the many expats that had a baby recently. My little Roman-American is four months old now. I didn’t want to go into the nitty gritty about being pregnant and having a baby in Italy, since some of my fellow expats did a good job of that around the same time. And I just simply haven’t had much time to carry on the blog the way I would like to.

I know you might be curious to see the little guy (his name is Vincenzo like his great-grandfather who ran the restaurant downstairs), so I’ll save you the trouble of asking. But do you think he looks like me at all? (Forgive me but the only photo I have is from my wedding… I’m always taking photos of people and things but no one takes photos of me, it seems!)

No one seems to think he looks much like me except for the blue eyes. Everyone says he looks just like his dad. But I swear, he’s mine too!

[Update, update! I finally conned Ale into taking a pic of me with Vince. I swear to God, I have almost no photos with him, it’s quite shameful. Here then is photographic evidence of the reality of motherhood. As much as I would love to have you believe that I wake up everyday effortlessly looking like my wedding photo –ha– this is what I actually look like. Wearing makeup has become a distant memory but I guess in the Rome summer heat it’s kind of pointless anyways.]

You see? He has my eyes. Eye. Half asleep, as it were.

But now, for the really big news. I have to announce that I am actually moving back to the States at the end of August.

The plan is to go for a year. It was Alessandro’s idea. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that the Rome courthouse is not such a kosher place to work. If I ever run into you some day, treat me to glass of wine and I’ll tell you all the gory details.

So, alas. We are returning to the beloved state of my youth, Washington.

Love.
Love.
Love.

As I say to the Italians, “No, not Washington D.C.”

“Oh, so it’s by New York?!”

(I’m learning through announcing my move that apparently every American state somehow borders New York. Except when they think it’s Maine instead.)

“No,” I say. “That’s on the Atlantic. Washington is on the Pacific.”

“Oh.” (puzzled, incredulous look, as if I’m trying to trick them with some strange geographical conundrum.) “Well then, what state is New York in?”

“New York.”

“What?”

It’s like a maddening Italian version of “who’s on first?

But, as usual, I digress.

So me, my husband and the frugolo (definition: bambino molto vivace, or so it says) are taking ourselves and our two adopted cats on board a transatlantic flight for the U.S. of A.

And I’m thinking, after seven years of living in Rome: reverse culture shock?

Yes, indeedy. There will be plenty of that to go around, I’m sure.

So here’s the big idea. Being that I’ll no longer have lovely Rome as my muse, I suppose I’ll have to content myself with “americanate” 24/7. But it’s not like I can make those kind of observations to Americans. No one there really cares about the fact that there are 50 different kinds of potato chips or that dryers are in every home and are like four times bigger than our washing machines in Italy. Or that no one actually steals all the newspapers from the street dispensers “just because they could if they wanted to.”

Therefore: Reverse culture shock + American girl with fairly decent command of Italian language = Possibly new blog written in Italian for Italians.

Like the girl version of Beppe Severgnini. Except I’m not rich. And I’m not Italian. And my name isn’t Beppe (thank heavens, that might be a bit awkward).

I’m thinking I’ll start up my new blog once I get settled back in the States. Someone near and dear to me suggested the idea. Near and dear despite the fact that I only had one fated encounter with him over a year ago and thereafter once in a very blue moon he’d call me for like a two-minute chat. He used to ask why I didn’t ever write in Italian. Well, the last time I heard from him, I told him I was going to the States and he mentioned that I should start a sort of reverse blog, an idea which I really hadn’t considered before but I think it might be a good one. At least that way I won’t lose my Italian and I can comment about how cappuccinos cost $5 in the States without getting too much hate mail (hopefully).

Allora… se ci sono degli Italiani che leggono questo blog, preparatevi! Sono pronta a portare la mia macchinetta fotografica dove gli occhi italiani non sono mai andati. Va bene, non proprio così. Boni, boni!! Quanto mi diverterò però fotografando le cose nel supermercato americano. Non mi frega proprio niente che i miei compaesani mi guarderanno come se fossi una vera e propria matta. Alla fine lo sono quindi va bene così. E quindi non vedo l’ora di farvi vedere, per esempio, che le patatine gialle praticamente sono una specie estinta negli States. Beh, sotto sotto sono iniziate gialle, però poi a qualche punto nella catena di montaggio, si sono trasformate in qualcosa che si chiama … mah … guardate per voi stessi! For the love. Si può dire ogni tanto qualcosa in inglese? Spero di sì.

Comunque, questo progetto dovrebbe tenermi occupato finchè non posso tornare alla mia amatissima città adottiva. Tutti ci dicono che non torneremo mai più a vivere qui, ma chi lo può dire per sicuro?! Mio marito Alessandro vuole solo un anno sabbattico ed è convinto che più di un anno nun se po fa perchè noi americani siamo troppo quadrati (o forse ancora meglio troppo impostati come mi ha detto uno una volta), ma penso che io soffrirò ‘na cifra più di lui. (Mi permettete di usare un po’ di romanesco, sapete quanto lo adoro?) Per lui, il mio paese di nascità è conoscuito come “il paese dei balocchi.” Boh. Mo’ che ci penso, penso che mi mancherà tantissimo sentire i romani quando parlano.
Mi mancherà sentire la gente dirmi “COPRITI BENE!” quando esco d’inverno senza una sciarpa.
Mi mancherà sentire “buongiorno” e “arrivederci” quando entro e esco dei posti.
Mi mancherà il mio barista, che mette sempre un cuore di latte sui cappuccini.
Mi mancherà essere maltrattata dalla cassiera al supermercato (“Ma non hai 32,5 centesimi di spicci?!?! Cristo!!”)
Mi mancherà il stranissimo—-e per imbranatissima me, pericolosissimo—-effetto quando ci metto i tacchi e cammino sui sanpietrini: io vado avanti ma ogni tanto il tacco rimane impiantato per terra.
Mi mancherà la pubblicità della Vodafone a cui ogni tanto decido spontaneamente di fare una specie di ballo liscio messicano. Non mi chiedete di dimostrarvelo.
Mi mancherà bere dalle fontanelle.
Mi mancherà sentire i musicisti, se li vuoi chiamare così, che suonano sotto le mie finistre ogni estate.
Mi mancherà fare l’applauso e dire “Viva Maria!” con tutti i pellegrini quando c’è la processione della Festa de’ Noantri che passa sotto casa mia.
Mi mancherà fare una cena gratis prendendo un aperitivo con amici divertenti e inaspettati.
Mi mancherà apprezzare i talenti intellettuali delle ragazze del meteo di TG4.
Mi mancherà dire “Non ci posso credere!” o “Vaffanculo!” o “Ma che stai a di’??” o “AHO’!” che vi ammetto, in tutta sincerità, pronuncio davvero male, ma male male, però fa ridere e questo mi rende felice.

Mi mancherà tutto, insomma.

Ma soprattutto mi mancherà la magia di questa città. Come qualcuno mi ha detto una volta… “la magia di un incontro….”

SOSPIRO. Grande e lungo. (Senza doppi sensi però, voi romani spiritosi, vi prego, mi arrossisco troppo facilmente. O forse sono io che sono diventata troppo romanizzata per anticipare già le battute.)

Big, big sigh.

Sì, proprio così.

Quindi, porto con me le mie valigiette, un bambino che avrà 6 mesi, i miei due gatti, un marito romano che non ha mai vissuto in una casa (cioè quello che voi chiamate villa) in tutta vita sua… e un bel sacco di ricordi incredibili.

Ma vi ametto che una cosa che lascierò qua, sicuramente, sarà il mio cuore. Spero che voi romani potete prenderne cura per me finchè non torno. In cambio vi giuro che farò il mio meglio a raccontarvi tutte le mie avventure americane frattempo. Se me perdonerete gli errori con la vostra bellissimissima lingua.

Senza essere troppo Vanna Marchi vi voglio chiedere—D’accordo??

Cercatemi delle altre persone che leggono l’italiano. E’ troppo triste scrivere quando non c’è nessuno a leggerlo.

A questo punto non c’è altro da dire salvo che vi mando saluti e a presto! Sbarco a fine agosto.

And for everyone who hung out with me here over the past couple years, grazie mille. I’ll miss you! I hope/plan to be back in Rome by September ’09.

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63 Responses to “La Fine. The End.”

  1. erin :: the olive notes July 6, 2008 at 12:04 am #

    Shelley! What a wonderful idea! I’m so excited to follow your adventures (in Italian as well). Your bambino is adorable and I’m so happy that you have such exciting things in your future…maybe we’ll all end up back in Italy in a year or 2 🙂

  2. Lu July 6, 2008 at 12:30 am #

    Che bella idea, non vedo l’ora di leggere il tuo nuovo blog!

  3. Janet July 6, 2008 at 3:23 am #

    Shelley, I SO loved your blogs and always looked forward to a new entry. I am very happy for you during this transition time. Your baby is beautiful and I wish you and husband the best of luck relocating. I really hope you continue to blog when time permits.

    Miss you already!
    Janet

  4. Lori July 6, 2008 at 4:11 am #

    Are you kidding? Little Vincenzo has your beautiful coloring all over his face, from eyes to hair and skin! He’s a real cutie pie. Your blog gave me a feel for the challenges your husband faces in his work and I wish all three of you the best in Washington. Are you keeping the Really Rome holiday apartments?

  5. Barbara July 6, 2008 at 7:45 am #

    The baby is beautiful no matter who he looks like! As for your move, I know it will be a challenging transition, and one we’ll face too once our house is sold, so I’m really looking forward to reading about your re-entry into the world of super-sized and Starbucks! Best of luck!

  6. nyc/caribbean ragazza July 6, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    You already know how I feel about Mr. Vincenzo. 🙂

    I guess I better hurry up and learn more Italian so I can read your new blog. I will miss you! No more last minute meetings for an aperitivo.

    Good luck with all the last minutes preparation for your big adventure. I’ll see you next year.

  7. romerican July 6, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Congrats & good luck!!!!
    Ale works in the courthouse?!? Whoa, he deserves a medal of honor cuz that place is CRAzy 😉
    I’ll be eagerly awaiting the new American-inspired posts.

  8. Shelley, At Home in Rome July 6, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    I will miss you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m going to have reverse culture shock!!!!!!!

    As far as the apartments go, we’re renting them out long term now. It’s working out well so far but I miss all the nice people I used to meet.

    Romerican, you are so right, it’s crazy!

  9. Enrico July 6, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    In bocca al lupo! E sicuramente sarò uno dei tuoi assidui lettori sul prossimo blog!
    Best of luck
    Enrico

  10. Jessica in Rome July 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm #

    Your baby is SO cute! He definitely takes after you-no question.
    You will be sorely missed my fellow Rome blogger! Looks like we are both hitting the road at nearly the same time. I am looking forward to reading your next blog and hearing about your next big adventure. And since we both come from the Evergreen State perhaps we can grab an aperitivo on my next visit home.
    Hugs and warm thoughts to you and your family!
    Jessica
    PS I totally humiliated myself twice in front of 300 people at a wedding last week when the heel of my shoe got caught in the sanpietrini. Needless to say my foot was black and my face red. Thankfully the street by my new apartment is in marble-but I am sure there is more embarrassing moments to come in my future when it rains 😦

  11. Shelley, At Home in Rome July 6, 2008 at 1:32 pm #

    Enrico: CREPI il lupo, vediamo…

    Jess: Long time no see, no write! Are you moving back or just visiting? I can see your Italian is doing great, the sanpietrini story was written in Italian, quindi brava!

  12. Heather July 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    Oh, he’s beautiful! Have a wonderful adventure in the States, and I will try to follow along with your Italian blog when you get here!

  13. Jessica in Rome July 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    I know! We haven’t talked in forever! We are moving to Verona, but I go home to Seattle/Spokane at least once or twice a year. I am planning to go home again in the fall-winter. I will keep you posted 🙂
    Yes the Italian is much better, I feel fluent in reading, writing and comprehension but I am still struggling when it comes to talking if that makes sense. Hopefully it will all come together soon.

  14. Rose in Cali July 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    Vincenzo is adorable! And what an adventure your life has become! Like ragazza, I will need to improve my Italian so I can read your new blog!

    If you ever want to visit the SF bay area, please don’t hesitate to contact me. In bocca al lupo a te e tua famiglia!

  15. Elaine July 6, 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    Can’t believe I am reading your blog for the first time today and you’ve just come to the end!

    A lovely read – so sorry you’ve come to the end!

    Good luck back in the US, hope the move goes well.

  16. Valerie July 6, 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    Complimenti – bellino! Having never seen his father to be a judge between who he resembles more, I’d say he looks like la mamma! Best wishes for your transition and newly opened doors.

  17. Christina July 6, 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    I’m so happy, yet so sad!! I absolutely love your blog and everytime I see it I get so happy and I’m so excited to hear that you have a baby (who is so freaking cute!!!) I’m sad to hear that you are going on Roman hiatus. I will miss your blog. But maybe I’ll babblefish your italian one, cause I’d be interested in reading it just the same. I love your writing style– you should consider becoming a novelist. Have a fabulous stay in the US.

  18. Tara July 6, 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    I just started following your blog recently… can’t remember how I stumbled across it. So sorry to see you go so soon.

    I’m a NYer in Rome [insert who’s on first discussion on NY, NY] for about 10 years now. I can’t imagine ever going back. Reverse culture shock to be sure… but you’ll be fine 🙂

    Good luck!

  19. The Italian Dish July 6, 2008 at 6:17 pm #

    Your little boy is absolutely adorable! So sorry for the blog to end. I love reading your entries. We are actually heading to Seattle next week for vacation. We have fallen in love with it and are thinking of retiring there! Good luck in your next adventure! Buon viaggio!

  20. Janavi July 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    The bambino e bello-Will miss the blog about Rome,but if the Italian blog is not too complicated I will be able to follow that too-Will it have the same name? Probably not. I did live in the NW once, so it should be interesting,Buona Fortuna!

  21. Shelley, At Home in Rome July 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m getting so sad now!!!!!!!!!

    I might consider translating my posts into English as well… will have to see. I’d hate to lose all my bloggy buddies just because I’m switching to Italian.

    Thanks for all the kind words. I’m really bummed I can’t keep this blog up, but it’s only temporary. I think a year will fly by. Last summer seems like yesterday to me.

  22. kataroma July 6, 2008 at 6:49 pm #

    Buon viaggio Shelley and family!!! Yes, he looks a lot like you.

    We have to get together at least one more time before you go.

    Romerican – yes, the courthouse is completely nuts.

  23. Jill, Larry and Daniela July 6, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Hi Shelley! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for sharing your Roman life with us. We lived in Italy for a year 2004-2005 (near Cortona), but our permanent home is in Redmond (east of Seattle). My 2 1/2 year old Daniela would love to meet Vicenzo when the time is right! If you need any help from the Redmond/Seattle area, let me know. Happy to help! Ciao, Jill

  24. Emanuele July 6, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    ..good luck è il minimo che devo augurarti, per il resto posso dire che i Romani sono tutti cosi, dei fanfaroni..che dicono dicono e poi non fanno mai nulla….
    come giustamente ti hanno avvertito..
    alla fine…ha ragione chi dice “te lo avevo detto”..
    non ti hanno detto a che a roma esiste un intera categoria del te lo avevo detto…vabbè lasciamo stare..
    buon viaggio Shelley, e mi raccomando..copriti bene.. e porta i spicci alla cassa..
    p.s.
    ci vediamo, come e dove non lo so, ma ci vedremo ancora.

  25. Delina July 6, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    Wow, you’ve been busy. I can’t believe you kept quiet about little Vincenzo for so long! He’s beautiful! Best of luck with your move and promise to keep in touch!!

  26. Jeni July 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    I haven’t always commented a lot, but every entry you have made I have loved. I will miss your blog from Rome but will definitely read your new one (a great way to practice my Italian and keep a perspective on our American ways!)

    Mamma mia! Il tuo bambino e’ proprio bello! Spero che rieschi ritornare a Roma presto perche ci sono tante cose (belle e brutte) che mancherai, naturalmente. In bocca al lupo!

  27. will morrissey July 6, 2008 at 9:09 pm #

    Just a quick line to let you know that I TRULY enjoyed this recent entry on you move back ‘Home’.I can feel your pain at having to leave Roma, but I KNOW that there is NO WAY you’ll be able to stay in Washington, after your ‘Avventure Italiane’and that you’re going to bring ALOT of perspective/enjoyment to those you meet/re-meet in W. AND to us on NET with your views about what you see around you in the ol’USA..I for one will love reading of your newest adventures/insights in Italian..In bocca al lupo e FORZA ragazza !

  28. lolo in west palm beach July 6, 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    I love your blog and just came across it this week and have been trying to find a minute to check out all your funny posts and read all the expat blogs you recommend. I don’t know you or your husband but from the photo, I see alot of you in your precious, adorable baby boy. My baby boy (he’s 2 now)has blue eyes, blonde hair, fair skin like me. My daughter is brown hair,brown eyes, dark skin like my hubbie…(yet, she sort of looks like me, at least I believe). So when little Luca was born and favored more myself than my hubby, I was thrilled to finally show off to my mother in law in Italy that I can bear children that resemble me and not her entire clan. Well, it’s been two years and I still can’t convince her…even w/my baby photos. This trip when he went over I found out: “assomiglia tutto a’ Sebastiano il figlio del mio cugino(believe it’s her 3rd cousin) a torino.” I just giggled.
    PLEASE put a link to your new blog and I will be a dedicated reader:)

  29. Shelley, At Home in Rome July 6, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    Ok, it’s official. I’m getting all verklempt!! Talk amongst yourselves! I’ll give you a topic…

    Mamma mia quanto mi commuovo… vabbè questo non è dicendo tanto siccome sono già come la cascata di Niagara ma… come dice Renato, NON DIMENTICATEMI!!!

  30. gpl July 7, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    In bocca al lupo per questa nuova avventura e buon ritorno!
    gian pietro

  31. Gracie July 7, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Buona fortuna per la tua nuova avventura! Ti leggerò ancora, spero di imparare nuove cose sulla vita “all’americana”…..Vincenzo è bellissimo, non importa a chi assomigli, l’importante è che cresca sano e forte! In bocca al lupo a tutti voi.

  32. Janavi July 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    if your new blog is in Italian & English, that will be great 4 all of us stuggling to learn the language,because we’ll be able to compare the 2. And PLEASE put a link!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. janie July 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    First, your son is gorgeous and yes, he does resemble you! Thank you for all your wonderful posts. For the past months I was hoping that all was okay with you and now we all know! Will you keep your rentals going? I always wanted to stay there. Good luck with your big move-I love Washington state and hope you’ll be happy to be there.

  34. bleeding espresso July 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    Oh my goodness, those eyes! Shelley, he’s gorgeous, and I do think he looks like you. Of course you conveniently left out a pic of Ale for comparison, but I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same 😉

    Looking forward to the Italian posts–be sure to let us know where to find you!

  35. Francesca July 7, 2008 at 6:50 pm #

    I only lived in Italy for a year and I had reverse culture shock! It will all be ok – you will remeber all the things you loved about the states, still miss the lovely Romans, but it will make you get back there that much quicker! I can’t wait to read the reverse blog – will it still be on this site? I will miss your comings and goings in Rome, it always reminded me of the thigns I missed/loved/observed about Rome!
    Auguri! Vincenzo e’ cosi’ carino!!
    If you are ever coming to Chicago let me know, I will tell you some lovely spots to visit!

  36. Dee July 7, 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    Your son is adorable! 🙂 (And, of course, your wedding photo is beautiful too!) I would love to see when you’re in the US! Safe travels. Hope you start a US blog. I enjoy reading your posts. ~Dee

  37. Buda Baby July 7, 2008 at 9:33 pm #

    Shelley – I can’t say anything here that hasn’t been said already! Best of luck in WA and I’ll miss your posts! Congratulations on the beautiful bambino!

  38. L Michelle July 7, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    Your adorable Vincenzo has your eyes and lips – just compare them to your wedding photo, they are the same! I will really miss your musings. Reading them, I was able to imagine myself living in Roma again which I would love to do. Thank you for making me laugh! Please keep blogging in English too! Buon viaggio!

  39. Rachael July 7, 2008 at 10:43 pm #

    Vincenzo is adorable. I will mss your blog. An English/Italian version would be great, I can still read along.

    Welcome back to the Pacific Northwest. (I’m in Vancouver, BC).

  40. Lauren July 8, 2008 at 12:44 am #

    Oh I’ve missed your blog updates! And I’ll continue to miss them. Good luck back here in the states. Oh, and your baby is precious! I guess he’s a good enough reason to keep us in the dark about all the Roman goings-on! 😉

  41. sonyaustraliana July 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Your bubs is truly ‘adorabile’! The not blogging ‘because-you-had-a-baby’ is I guess a pretty good enough reason. I will miss your Rome posts but I think the idea of an ex-expat in America blog will be fantastic! Any ideas for the blog’s new name?
    All the best Shelley, hubby and bubs!

  42. tracie b July 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    he is beautiful! and he looks like you with that read hair and blue eyes 🙂 i’ve been wondering how you were doing. so you’re going to do it! it’s as big a deal as going to italy, trust me. i’m getting ready to change my blog too…auguri, and i know your man will flourish in the efficiency of l’america.

  43. Elizabeth July 8, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    a presto carissima!
    un abbraccio forte forte.
    Elizabeth

  44. Diane July 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    OK, I’ve just re-found you and now you’re leaving! That’s OK…

    By the way, your little guy is BEAUTIFUL. Just who he resembles may change back and forth over time.

    Have fun in the States. I’m here on vacation now (NY) and it’s kind of strange but next week we’ll be back in Italy. I’d love to continue reading your blog in Italian about your re-entry into American life. Write on!

  45. Carole D. July 8, 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    Ciao Shelly,
    Complimenti! Senza dubbio, Vincenzo assomiglia a te. E’ bellissimo. No vedo l’ora che cominci il nuovo blog in italiano. Promesso, vero?

    You have accomplished so much and I hope that the good fortune continues with you, Alex & Vincenzo.
    (is he going to be called Vinnie in the States?)
    In bocca al lupo!

  46. Jill July 9, 2008 at 8:28 am #

    Ciao Shelley,
    Vincenzo is gorgeous and he defintiely resembles you. Congratulations!! Such news! I wish you and your family the best of luck during the next year and I look forward to reading about your adventures. I know all too well how the legal profession works here and it is just not a pretty picture…even up in the north. This move will be a great opportunity for all of you. Best of luck and take care!

  47. Paolo July 9, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    So this is could be the end:

    Who knows when we shall meet again.

  48. Isabelle July 9, 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    wow, what a shock… I haven’t come for quite a long time to read you and now what do I hear ?
    Well, first things first, your baby is just ADORABLE !! Don’t know who he looks like, just looks like an angel to me 😉
    Then, I must wish you all the very best for your American stay… No doubt, it will be a shock, I’m kin of experiencing it these days as I’m coming back from a very short vacation in NY (loved your “NY, NY” story by the way)… I’m looking forward to reading about your culture shock back home very soon…
    Take care and in bocca al lupo

  49. Alessandro July 9, 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    Quindi non sono l’unico Alessandro a roma ad aver sposato un’americana!

    mia moglie è americana e nostro figlio romano-americano è nato anche lui pochi mesi fà (a fine gennaio)

    Aspetto qualcosa i carino da leggere a settembre 😉
    ciao Alessandro

  50. J.Doe July 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    I think Vincenzo looks like you. My daughter is his age and they do change in appearance though. At first I thought she looked like me but now she looks 100 percent like her father.
    Enjoy your vacation/sabbatical/new life in washington and if ever you are in the NYC area (where I am with my Italian husband and child) stop by for a visit.

  51. cinzia July 10, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Shelley, I’m already missing you so please Fai il blog in Italiano. Ritorno in USA a fine luglio, Chicago(again!) e Alaska. My American friends are so nice and interested in which way our lives are different. Visiting me for a short time and staying in hotel didn’t give ’em the right feeling. I try to explain but I don’t have your talento. Have a safe trip back home with your your beautiful bambino (who BTW looks a lot like you) and good luck to Alessandro.
    Io lo so dov’è lo Stato di Washington, LOL. My aunt and uncle lived in Idaho and I landed in Seattle and Spokane to go there. Still now, when I say that I was there…people here look at me puzzled and say: “Che, Idaho, e che d’è!?!”

    Buona Fortuna, Cinzia

  52. Kay July 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm #

    Hey,

    Since you are an expat, I thought that http://www.linkexpats.com (social networking website for expatriates) might be of your interest.

    It may help your readers as well.

    thanks
    -K

  53. amanda@A Tuscan View July 10, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    You both look absolutely beautiful! He looks so fair like you and has your lovely blue eyes. I’ll miss your insight into Roma and look forward to the new blog. It’ll be a struggle but I’ll work at it dictionary by my side, who knows it might be good for me. Lots of luck with the move and please let us know where to find you.
    Ciao bella

  54. Kelli July 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    Shell, those photos are both lovely! And I totally see you in sweet Vincenzo. Can’t wait to meet him in person and give you a squeeze too.
    Hope you are well, my friend!

  55. Rebecca July 13, 2008 at 5:58 am #

    Vincenzo is sooo adorable! I’m so glad you posted a photo of him. I think the idea of a reverse blog in italian is a great idea. But that means I will have to step it up with my self taught lessons if I’m going to follow along. It could be a great exercise for me though. Hope the move goes smoothly and you are able to readjust quickly.

    All the best 🙂

  56. alice July 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    i’ll miss you, please don’t disappear. tienici aggiornati sull’america e sul bellissimo vincenzo!

    a.

  57. keeneye July 15, 2008 at 7:23 am #

    AHA! You’ll be within driving distance of Paizano’s now!!! If you’re ever in Eastern Oregon (Baker City), be sure to stop in and introduce yourself. I’ll demand that you eat some of our pizza (made with 200+ year-old yeast hailing from Ischia Island). I’ve truly enjoyed your blog, and hope that you’ll find the time to start a new one with your stateside adventures.

    Ciao,
    Kina

  58. Shelley, At Home in Rome July 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm #

    Kina… we will definitely take you up on that offer!!

  59. Man of Roma July 16, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    In bocca al lupo per la tua nuova avventura negli USA. Your son is just beautiful. This blog was special and your humour too. Tons of people will miss you, really! Looking forward to reading your new Italian blog. Let us know.

  60. girasoli July 17, 2008 at 9:32 am #

    I just got back from Italy and read this post. I will also miss your blog. I hope you start it up again when you return and a reverse blog sounds like fun. I think your son is adorable. I see a lot of you in him.

  61. Gil July 19, 2008 at 7:17 am #

    I have just returned from vacation and started reading blogs again. You definitely have a beautiful son and judging by the posted pictures he really looks like you – hair, skin, eyes, etc.

    I will miss reading about your adventures in Rome. Good luck back on the West Coast.

  62. riffraff July 24, 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    darn, I’m late. Ok, I assume it fits the italian stereotype anyway.

    Il bambino è un amore, e tantissimi auguri sia per lui che per il rientro negli states.
    Arrivederci! (che non ho mai imparato a dire in inglese)

  63. PassagetoItaly August 31, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    Your son is beautiful, and I think he looks like you. 🙂

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