Yesterday, I was sitting in Piazza Unita, waiting for a farmacia to reopen after the afternoon break. I was alternating between just enjoying the weather, eating a snack, reading a book, and people watching. To the left, one of my students was kicking a ball around with his brother and determinedly ignoring the fact that he saw me in public. On my right, a young couple was playing with a toddler. Towards the water, a group of tourists was learning about the post office building.
The next time I looked up, a middle-aged man was photographing the authentic Italian boys playing soccer in the historic piazza. He wants to preserve that image of my student as part of his vacation memories. I wonder if he'd be interested in taking my recess duty this week?
In the day to day stress of school, I sometimes forget that this life really ain't so bad.