The rosy tint is wearing a little. As Federica and I drove to her Operation Dove Office this morning, across the freezing landscape of fruit trees and suburban traffic circles, we talked about how we’re feeling. She’s struggling with her sense of responsibility for her work in Palestine, as well as the tug of her biological family’s farm plus the added stress of the Village family’s needs. I’m struggling to form complete sentences and get a sense of natural beauty here and there.
And now I’m sick. We’re both sick. It’s pretty clear in circumstances where we’re not 100% that our patience for fitting into the family system wears thin. On the one hand, it’s really heartening to know that both she and I are on the same page about not feeling particularly “nesty” On the other, we’re not exactly sure what else to do. We both don’t really have income. In any event, in the next week or so we’re schedued to do some traveling. Let’s see how that goes.
My Family members
Sergio-Father- Sorta gruff, straightforward type. Does not like it when we speak Italian around him. Valid point. I know where he stands. Curious, playful side. From Venuto, the Venecian provence.
Elena-Mother- Motherly, a midwife for “troubled pregnancies” technically I think but spends a good deal of time at home. Curious but somewhat detached. Clearly tired by parenting yet contained about it yet clearl tired. Paradoxical. Good english vocab and pronunciation.
Martina- Civil servant in our house. 19-20ish? Quiet, does a lot of cleaning, cooking, ironing. poor dear.
Anna-family’s oldest girl. 17 Outspoken but clearly not really an envelope pusher.
wow, it feels wierd to be “telling” on all of them.
Lazzaro-16-17ish Slightly indoor kid, historical origins in India. Has sweet looking motorcycle (50cc) and equally intimidating needling
Paola- 15-16ish. Very 16yo girl.
Simone-14- Good guy, shy but with creative and theatrical side. We do english lessons.
Mima-10- Foster child with Morrocan roots. Sweet but a little out of place. She’s given the shaft a lot by the teens.
Diego-3- little shit. just a normal 3 yo.