Olive oil-newly harvested/cold pressed,
Ceramics of all kinds—mostly expensive,
Pashmina-a cashmere stole,
Leather—jackets and purses,
Spices—for pasta and bruschetta,
Art books—where to stop? and
Pictures by the thousands.
But, eventually the draw of all these things fades or at least becomes resistible—except, maybe, for olive oil and ceramics.
When we returned after our wonderful year there, we not only brought home less than we filled suitcases with on previous shorter trips, but for the most part what we brought was slightly odd. Let’s see there was:
00 flour—the key to light, crisp fried vegetables
Forno paper—similar to our parchment paper but better and cheaper
Sheets—far nicer and comfy than Bed,
Shoes—wonderful sport shoes, not sexy Salvatore Ferragamos
Coffee candy—espresso filled
Tomato seeds—Sicilian and others
Band aids—they actually stay on through a shower
Odds and ends—that remind me of our home there as I use them at home here.
Memories—magical slideshows at unexpected moments.
Ceramics—a beautiful bowl that graces my kitchen
Plastic wine stoppers—everyone wants one, far better than the fancy ones.
Gifts—for friends and family
Pictures—by the thousands.
Oh—yes!. We did have one very big, major, expensive purchase--one that gives constant pleasure and not a moment’s regret.—an exquisite, painted for us, ceramic table from
Powdered sugar in a shaker—Casey’s request for pancakes
Forno paper—I love it
00 flour—yummy veggies
Wine stoppers—from the Saturday market
Shoes—maybe another pair of sport shoes
Pictures—by the hundreds (it’s only 2 months this time)
Memories—to last until next time
Oh—yes! Another big, major, expensive purchase—a round table to match last year’s acquisition. It will make our back yard complete. The butterflies, bees, dragonflies and lady bugs that grace it are from fairy tales.
And then---what are we importing?
Pancake flour for Casey’s friend Tommaso
Ziplock baggies for my friend Nicoletta
Surprises for Sara
Oven gloves for Casey’s friends at La Cantinetta di Ragnana—with scenes of
Treats and party favors for Casey and Camilla’s big birthday party
English books for Casey’s Italian friends
Gifts for others of Casey’s friends
Chocolate chips, liquid vanilla and brown sugar for much sought after cookies
Actually there is one suitcase with nothing but gifts and “stuff.” Do you suppose we will fill it on our return? Give me your odds.