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