My Home, My Heart......A Place Where I Belong

“Sicilians are a nostalgic, pessimistic people who are deeply in love with themselves.” -Lonely Planet Guide.

I come from a town called Licodia Eubea in Catania, Sicily (Italy).

When I think of “home,” I think of……….

A place where everyone knows my name, and my parents’ name, and my grandparents’ name….
A place where it doesn’t matter how long I stay away, I am always welcomed back with open arms.
A place full of tradition, community and Sicilian pride.
A place where the small things in life are appreciated and beauty is found in the most unexpected of places.
A place where spirit and hope continue to fight against corruption.
A place where there are more goats and olive trees than people.
A place where everyone is an aunt, or an uncle, or a cousin, or at least a very close friend.

When I think of “home,” I think of……

Simplicity and slow movement.
Conversations across balconies.
Trucks that sell fruit & vegetables that wake you up early in the morning.
Church bells.
Sweet tomatoes.
Fresh bread every morning.
Granita in the summertime.
La Siesta under an olive tree.
Cannoli con la ricotta.
Festivals in the street.
The smell of the hills.
Eating fruit just picked from the tree.
Becoming a dark golden brown every summer.
The strength and confidence of Sicilian women.
Dark eyes.
Curses and Superstitions that no-one believes in, but everyone is still careful of……in secret.
Preparing for Easter time.
Crushing grapes.
Trying to make a better limoncello, a better ragu` and a better cassata than anyone else.
Driving to the port just to get the freshest of fish and seafood.
Cornetti con panna e nutella at midnight.
La Passeggiata down ‘La Strada Longa.’
Not being able to choose a gelato flavour, because there are too many choices.
Playing cards on the terrazza.
Meeting my friends in the piazza before going to get a pizza, instead of just meeting at the pizzeria itself.
Sharing a meal together every single day.
My family.

This is my Italy………

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  • eon .
    eon .about 5 years ago

    You paint such a beautiful picture with your words. Your heart is well connected to your birth place. You make me want to visit Italy again. Italian’s invented Passion as well as Ferrari’s " -))
    oh and ofcourse beautiful dark haired Woman with such calm tempers??? and the mafia.

  • you make me smile……..

    (And for your information, our tempers are a dynamic part of our sexuality and passionate nature……makes us more interesting!! ;) Don’t you agree??)

    – diLuisa Photography

  • eon .
    eon .about 5 years ago

    PS. I always feel better when I think where I am is where Im meant to be " – P
    Australia loves you I’m sure

    • smiling and sighing**** :)

    – diLuisa Photography

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    What wonderful writing. I love it and find myself smiling aloud!!

  • thank you my darling friend!! I was crying aloud as I wrote it…… I am so glad that you smiled instead!! :) :)

    – diLuisa Photography

  • Moniquitacute
    Moniquitacuteabout 5 years ago

    I can almost hear the sounds and smell the air from your descriptions!!! Beautiful writing Luisa!!!!!! You are so blessed to feel that way about your country!!! That’s one of the priorities on my “to-do list” VISIT ITALY!!! :) And I’ll make sure to try the “Cornetti con panna e nutella at midnight”… That sounds simply wonderful! Nutella is one of my biggest addiction (after pasta!) and the midnight part makes it sound so sensual, don’t know why!!! (Maybe it’s because I’m imagining I’m sharing it with someone! LOL)

  • you put such a big smile on my face!! thank you for the wonderful comment!! and you are right……..everything is better at midnight!! ;) (And of course with someone else!!) -Luisa :)

    – diLuisa Photography

  • Antonello Incagnone "incant"
    Antonello Inca...about 5 years ago

    spiega ad Eon che oggi la mafia è qualcosa di più della romanticheria del Padrino, ha ramificazioni ormai nella finanza internazionale ed è ancora più difficile da individuare, mentre sul territorio la lotta continua ogni giorno…

  • gia` fatto…….tramite il bubblemail…….mi sono incazzata un po’ con il suo commento, allora gli ho mandato un messaggio privato……..ecco perche` mi chiamano la peperoncina siciliana!

    – diLuisa Photography

  • Antonello Incagnone "incant"
    Antonello Inca...about 5 years ago

    mi rendo conto che purtroppo l’immagine che il nostro paese da all’estero è ancora quella di qualche anno fa (non sempre a torto)

  • Aurora Pintore
    Aurora Pintoreabout 4 years ago

    Luisa, questa e’ uno dei piu’ bei scritti che io abbia ma letto, FANTASTICO !!!!!!

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