Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Last Bite of Bread

In preparation for our trip to Italy, I’ve been reading A Thousand Days in Tuscany, by Marlena de Blasi. She’s written four books about living in Italy, starting with A Thousand Days in Venice – I’d recommend them all! In the book she describes sitting around with two friends late one night and the woman, an older woman, talks about eating bread with olive oil and a glass of wine. She talks about how satisfying it is to eat and drink in such a way that one ends up using the last piece of bread to sop up the last drop of olive oil and then to wash it down with the last swig of wine. She says that we should try to live our lives that same way. In the song Jack & Diane, Jack says, “Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone.” I’ve seen this happen and it’s sad. When my husband and I renewed our wedding vows almost four years ago, we made a commitment to each other to continue growing, to continue trying new activities, to continue looking for adventure and to do what we can to make sure we’re taking care of our bodies so that we’re able to fulfill that commitment. Part of my decision to venture off from some of the activities I’ve come to love is to make sure that I have time to discover new activities, new loves, new passions. I want to be sure that I have enough olive oil and wine left to wash down that last bite of bread.

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