The day is finally here. I can’t believe it. Tonight I am boarding a plane to Italy and before I know it I will be driving into my father’s little town, Carpanzano, surrounded by my family who I have missed so dearly over the years. Today is a bit of an emotional day for me. I’m excited to see everyone but my heart breaks because my father isn’t coming with me. I know that I will be bringing him with me in spirit but it is still so hard to swallow. He would be so happy to see me return to Italy. He told me time and time again during his battle with cancer that I would always have a home, a family, and a place to go to in Italy. My family in Italy have opened their arms wide open for me and I think they understand how important this journey is for me. In return, I hope that I can bring them some comfort in my going there. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for them to deal with my father’s illness and death from so far away. As emotional as this trip will be, I am looking forward to it. There will most certainly be tears but there will be laughter, love and long-lasting memories too.
I don’t know if I will have a chance to blog while I’m away but I can definitely say that there will be a lot to blog about when I return.
So I guess I’ll just say, “See you when I see you!” 🙂