MOMENTS IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC - NO.1

THE LAST 3 MONTHS HAVE BEEN SURREAL, THE FUTURE IS UNCERTAIN, BUT EVEN IN DARK MOMENTS THERE CAN BE LIGHT...

The idea of creating a series of special MOMENTS that took place over the last three months came to me when I suddenly realised that despite or because of the menacing threat of Covid-19 in our midst as well as the worry of its economic impact throughout the world, I had – surprisingly - experienced a number of ‘moments’ that were so beautiful and precious that I will never forget them.  
I guessed that others might have similar tales to share and so the series was borne.  
MOMENT No.1 was finally getting the family – in the UK and Italy - up on Zoom and Skype.
Talking my 86 year old father in the UK, through the installation of Skype, was no small feat, but fortunately, I had just been talked through the setting up of Zoom by my 14 year old granddaughter in Perugia.  Suffice it to say we got there in the end (but it took us 24 hours!)
With my sister extending the invites in the UK and my granddaughter setting up the invites in Perugia, we suddenly all had a way to make visible contact.
I can’t easily describe the first session with my parents and sister: relief at seeing them looking so well, joy at chatting with them face to face, pain at being separated from them; a jumble of emotions so strong that it took all of my efforts not to burst into tears and set everyone else off.
Likewise the first dinner-date we set up with my husband’s children and grandchildren in both Rome and Perugia.  The evening we all sat down to dinner together was, for me,  a very emotional moment.  It was weird, but it was truly wonderful!
MOMENT NO. 2 has to be the saving and returning to the skies of a downed swallow. From their arrival in spring, I spent many a lockdown morning up before dawn watching them joyously swoop and shriek in the skies.
Swallows are very graceful birds while in flight, but because of their large wing span and short legs they cannot, like other birds, take off from the ground. Should they crash land, they are very vulnerable and easy prey. 
So it was with great consternation that I saw a young swallow tumble from the sky and fall quite literally into the paws of my dog, to whom I yelled a very firm “lascia” (meaning leave). For once in her young life, she did just that.
The swallow was a bit knocked out, obviously terrified, but otherwise appeared unhurt. After about 10 minutes of clinging to me as she re-orientated herself, she suddenly launched from my hand and swooped back up into the sky, immediately joined by a group of her peers all crying in unison….as if happy to have her back again, among themselves.
MOMENT NO.3 has to be the post-lockdown visit from my step-daughter with her daughter.  We live in the mountains above Cortona surrounded by woodland and its associated flora and fauna including two dogs, three cats, two hens, a fountain and pond with goldfish and endless croaking frogs. 
After 3 months more or less confined to Cortona town, my grand-daughter was a joy to watch, as she got blissfully wetter and wetter splashing around in the fountain (despite her mother’s pleas for her to stay dry) and dirtier and dirtier as she romped with the two dogs (who more or less dwarf her), but what struck me most were her constant happy shrieks of: “Qui è un paradiso!” . 
It is indeed a child’s paradise up here, but what touched me to the core is that it was an ecstatic seven year old, running free for the first time in months with her beloved dogs, who was making that assertion.
Alison Koetser, 13/06/2020 08:04:48
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MY CORTONA

MY CORTONA WAS DUE TO BE LAUNCHED DURING EASTER 2020. UNFORTUNATELY, FOR EVERYONE, COVID 19 MADE AN APPEARANCE.


Our blog had been intended as a central hub for Cortona lovers world-wide, bringing you useful information, profiles of the many interesting people who live & visit the town, up-dates on local news, special stories & upcoming events

With the world still reeling from the pandemic, we have chosen to suspend some features & have decided instead, - at least for now - to bring you a limited version of our blog by introducing a series called MOMENTS.

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