Ciao, my name is Carmela, the creator of Bellissimamma. I am a Filipina expat mom living in Italy with my husband and two little boys. This post is part of the Dolce Bloggers Monthly Link-up.
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Do you remember when we used to write letters to our friends? My friends and I used to write to each other every day. (We did not have smart phones back then.) We used scented stationery paper and end our messages with acronyms of names of countries, such as J.A.P.A.N. (Just Always Pray at Night), I.N.D.I.A. (I Nearly Died in Adoration), and C.H.I.N.A. (Come Here I Need Affection). My favorite one was I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust And Love You). What used to be a corny acronym written at the end of 1990s love letters is now a real promise from one mother to another.
Last year, my family left the Philippines to live in Italy. I am writing this letter to Italy, our new home.
My Love Letter To Italy
Cara Italia 🇮🇹,
Mamma Italia, my adoptive mother, thank you for welcoming us into your family. I trust that we made the right decision to raise our children in your home. You promised me that you will respect my linguistic human rights to speak my native tongue, as you patiently teach me to speak the language of your people. I trust that you will educate your grandchildren, Leon and Lucas, with the knowledge of your history and your culture, and that they will grow up with a multicultural mindset and a global perspective.
Mamma Italia, I love your majestic beauty that greets me every morning. Every day, I wake up seeing your glorious face. You welcome me with your warm embrace. I promise not to take your love for granted.
I love that my children can freely and safely play in your backyard. They can run and climb and enjoy the great outdoors and breathe your fresh air. We promise to respect and take care of your natural beauty.
I love listening to the stories of your youth. Thank you for showing me your precious treasures from the past. We promise to respect your history and your culture.
The Filipino word “itali” means “to tie” or “to bind”. From now on, our lives are bound to each other. Mi fido e ti amo.
Grazie mille, Kelly, Jasmine, and Kristie, the hosts of Dolce Vita Bloggers, for this month’s topic: “A Love Letter To Italy”.