The sun is growing warmer, the birds filling the morning air with their chirping, and the flowers are beginning to bloom.
It’s all gearing up to be a beautiful spring season.
What I usually do at this time of year is grab my kids and make our first beach outing, usually going for a day to the pretty beachside town of Sperlonga.
My sons are more likely to have a soccer ball, but I come armed with a book and enjoy my fantastic ritual of cracking that spine on a beach towel, reading as the sun warms me and the smell of fresh, salt air fills my lungs.
Since today is the first day of spring, logic has it that I should be headed off on my annual pilgrimage.
And yet, I am stuck inside, gazing out longingly at the tempting spring weather.
Such is our fate in the age of Corona virus, when our mantra is #Iorestoacasa.
It’s heartening to see how Italy is taking this “I’m staying at home” policy so seriously as a way to slow the spread. Rome has been silent for a week and a half as people make due and stay at home. We’re hoping to see infection rates go down soon.
I am an optimist at heart, however, and hoping I can embark on my first beach read of the season in the not too distant future.
For now, a quick trip up to my condo terrace will have to do. Happy spring to everyone!