Friday, May 18, 2007

Why 7 is Not Our Lucky Number

Today is May 18. Not that I think you don’t own a calendar, but I thought I’d point out the date because it’s a special day for us. It’s appropriate because, as it turns out, all special days through the course of our relationship have fallen on the 18th.

We met on January 18. We got engaged on May 18 (and while that’s a special thing, that’s not what we’re celebrating today), and we were married on October 18. Weird, huh? And the freaky thing is, none of it was planned. Our wedding date was set because we didn’t want a winter wedding and October is the loveliest month in Ohio, where we were still residing. The 18th of that lovely month turned out to be only Saturday that wasn’t a home Buckeyes game. If we expected any of our friends to attend the nuptials, we had to choose a day the team was out of town. Perhaps we should buy lottery tickets involving the number 18.

Today is May 18, which means that one year ago today, after we’d hauled our over-stuffed duffel bags to the airport, paid hefty overage charges for the weight and sheer number of them (seven), said tearful goodbyes, we boarded the plane that –overnight- transported us from our native land to our new adventurous life in Italy. We arrived one year ago today.

One year already! It’s such a cliché to say that time flies, but really, where has it gone? It seems impossible that an entire year has passed so swiftly. Weeks and months have melted away and boredom has not once entered our realm. We’ve had a year of language flub-ups, cultural comedies, wonderful encounters, fine food and wonderful wine; a year of laughs and frustrated tears and everyday smiles. We’ve had a year to adjust ourselves and settle in and feel at home more than ever. A year of wonderful, new friends -including you dear readers- who have come into our lives. Thanks for coming along on the journey. It’s been a joy sharing this year with you.

Now I’m off to buy a lotto ticket. Come on, lucky 18…we’d really like another year here!
2007 Valerie Schneider


chris & erin said...

congratulazioni! How exciting...I'm crossing my fingers for you with that lotto ticket too!

you know I never thought of it but 23 was always "my number" where things happen (way before that movie from this year), and I only realized when I read your post that Aug 23 is the day we fly out as well!

sognatrice said...

Time sure is flying for me as well, so I completely understand it, cliché or not!

Oh, and my birthday is October 18, so I've always been a little bit partial to 18ths too ;)

Best of luck with il lotto!

Valerie said...

Erin, that's funny you have an "important date" number, too. We do have a lot in common.

Sognatrice, are we just getting old? Remember when we were kids and time dragged out so much that three weeks until Christmas seemed like an eternity? Hmmm.

Texas Espresso said...

Happy Anniversary! It seems like just yesterday I was reading about the start of your adventures. Here's to many more years in Italy!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Congrats on your one year Italian anniversary!!

This time last year I was in Italy. I have no idea where the time is going.

Valerie said...

Thanks for all the well-wishes! It's good to be here! :)