I have been in Italy for nearly nine days now and I depart tomorrow on an early morning flight back to the states. I am having mixed feelings about returning to my home in Pennsylvania, not because of what awaits me when I land but what has been left behind. My husband.
I just realized after 21 years of marriage I actually love my husband. Over the last nine days I witnessed a man whose heart is larger than the moon that rules him and he carries the world’s woes atop his stooping shoulders. Shoulders that lean more than the Tower of Pisa. Atlas cowers in comparison to my husband and he’s not even standing upright…I can’t decide if the amore rekindled because of the visit to Italy or if this is a part of what happens when a marriage continues past 20 years and the love drought is over.
I will say that Geography plays a large part in where intimacy raises it’s protuberant head; well with me it does. For example, having sex while married over a long period of time has it’s ups and downs and the outside meddling affairs that intervene during a marriage can put a damper on your sex life: The onset of children; A troublesome mother-in-law; A job or lack there of; and even a dog can cause rippin’ the sheets up to cease and desist.
I always found that my PGAD was on high alert at the most inopportune times: Like the airplane toilet, or a cab, or the front steps of the Brooklyn Museum in February….. A bit frosty but fun. Or if you need to come in from the cold; your car parked outside Tavern on the Green under the lighted trees.. I’m sure there is a psychological term for folks that take advantage of our countries beautiful monuments and tourist attractions for their own nookie gratification, but I don’t care. You get off wherever you get off. You indulge when the urge strikes, because sooner or later you will be met with many interruptus bouts of screaming babies, or an everlasting phone calls from the boss, or the ferocious knock on the front door from your mother-in-law who schlepped all the way from west 6th street to find out if everyone is O.K. because no one answered her phone call… for the seventh time…..
Or maybe your dog jumps in to assist with what has been desist and causes mayhem on the mattress. I don’t know if recapturing a spark that ignited over twenty years ago happened again because of a romantic location or if I actually found my husband appealing. My vote is the location.. location.. location… Italy brings the best out in me, there are no distractions except the lovely country side, fantastic food, and an abundance of not over priced Chianti, all accompanied by the rapture of the language that captures your heart.
There were no arguments breeding in our emotions or outside stimuli of vagrant responsibilities that caused us to go asunder. We just had each other and the waft of Italian ambiance embracing our beings. All of this stayed intact until I entered the U.S. and headed home.
I left the garden of Eden to enter the gates of Hell. As I crossed the threshold of my front door, I was immediately trounced on by Charly-dog who saturated my new Euro coat with pee stains ; after receiving a giant hug from my 16 year old son he followed up with complaints of “how he did all the work around the house and his sister did nothing”, then topped the evening off by my invisible daughter who hasn’t seen me in weeks and opted to stay at her boyfriends parents house instead of asking me “how my trip went”.
I shuffled into the house after a nine hour flight and noted the dishes piled in the sink stained from yesterdays meals, pizza boxes left open laying on the garage floor two inches away from the recycle bin, soda cans left atop my car, laundry piled higher than Mt. Everest, and my husband calling to have me check his phone messages because he doesn’t want to be charged for roaming. Business as usual.
I grabbed my over priced American Imported Chianti Classico and my box of chocolate covered Pocket Coffees and retreated my jet-lagged ass to my bedroom. I plugged my used airline earphones into my IPOD and blasted Pavaroti into my deaf ears as I downloaded my Flip videos of Italy onto my Macbook Pro and sipped a lovely Vino Rosso all the while watching a recap of virtual food being served to me on a lovely terrace in Florence. I feel the love…..Is it love or is it the idea of love?…….
OR is it the Location of love……………….Ciao Italia until we meet again…