An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dolce Sentire

This afternoon we received a phone call from Italy. It was my parents, calling to say they had arrived safely and were about to sit down and have dinner with all the family. The laughter, the noise, the sounds of the table being set...all these things were so beautiful to hear.

There is something inherently exciting about receiving a transatlantic phone call: the slight pause when you first pick up, followed by the laughing and the shouting as you try to be heard over a vast ocean.

The phone gets passed from person to person, and those who don't get to speak are shouting in the background. It's pure's wonderful. Even our little one wanted to "talk to Italy"; he was only two years old the last time we were there, but he still got excited. After speaking with my cousin (who kindly asked him about school) he declared, "I love Damiano."

So, tanti carissimi saluti Paola, Silvio, Davide, Martha, Tizi, Luciano, Chiara, Damiano, and Irene (and you, too, Mom and Dad!).

And because I'm a little nostalgic, and because it's a beautiful, heartwarming song, here is Dolce Sentire (Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna).
translation: Brother Sun, Sister Moon (based on The Canticle of Brother Sun, Sister Moon by St. Francis of Assisi)

Dolce sentire come nel mio cuore
ora umilmente sta nascendo amore…
dolce capire che non son più solo,
ma che son parte di una immensa vita
che generosa risplende intorno a me…
dono di Lui, del Suo immenso amore!

Ci ha dato il cielo e le chiare stelle
fratello sole e sorella luna
la madre terra con frutti prati e fiori
il fuoco, il vento, l’aria e l’acqua pura
fonte di vita per le sue creature.
Dono di Lui, del Suo immenso amore
Dono di Lui, del Suo immenso amore


Laura said...

I like the international calls as well. When my brother calls from Iraq, we have to say "over" so we don't talk over each other.

Kathryn said...

Okay, now I just want to be adopted by your family!!!

Cheryl Lage said...

I want to be Italian!
What a visual creating it!

Lisa said...

Oh, so beautiful ! The music and the picture of your family connecting over the Ocean like that. How wonderful that you all remain so very close!

SuzyQ said...

We have alot of international calls here to as Tani's family all live abroad ( all over the place lol!)
The girls always get so excited and take it in turns speaking! Problem is nobody wants to pass the phone on, they never seem to last long enough!
Have a great day :0)

GrandmaK said...

And on phone calls like this you just want to ju===mp through the phone lines a visit with the group from just a few minutes...Then it's easy to come HOME! That's why I love my webcam...Mom and I can visit (when she's not playing pinochle!) Music and pictures are GRAND! Cathy

Darla said...

I know what you mean about the over the ocean calls and conact. We have close Finnish ties and I get nostalgic for them and Finland whenever I have phone calls with or webcam/MSN Messenger with someone over there! Makes me lonesome just thinking about it!
Lovely post!