Last year’s summer was strange. Summer of 2020, with Italy having been so affected by Covid 19 is not going to be an easy one. But summer is my favorite season and I declare that I’ve had enough tasteless summers to have yet another one. I’ve set the intention for this season to be absolutely magnificent, no matter what. I don’t want to waste a minute of it. It already feels so short, too short for me.
I’ve been very busy lately, but things are easing up now. I believe I’ll have time to do some catch up on the things I had to leave behind. Like reading, for example. I’m currently on this book by Italian writer Costanza Rizzocasa d’Orsogna, and I am loving it even if it’s painful. It’s about a girl and her struggle with weight, and the family mechanism that led her to have an unhealthy relationship with food and herself. I never had an eating disorder but I know how it feels not being accepted by your parents for how you look/are. I’m reading it very slowly because I need to let feelings sink before turning the page. If it does this to me, I cannot believe how the author must have felt while writing it, since it’s autobiographical.
I also still plan to draw a lot all summer. I’ll probably draw in the evening after my walk with Amelia. During the day I plan to do a lot of gardening, read, and swim in the pool I intend to buy. I’ve had one of those over the ground pools for as long as I’ve been here, but two years ago, at the end of summer, I had to throw it away. It was full of holes and beyond repair. I’m so lucky to live here, in a place that feels like a vacation, so peaceful, green, and breezy. I’m so lucky to have a large garden where I can build a pretty pool area. I cannot wait!
Because of Covid 19 and the lockdown we had to go through, pools are hard to find and very expensive. The factories weren’t able to produce them and to restock shops. But I want to be positive, I know I’ll find one at a fair price. I decided this is going to be a great summer, after all! It can’t be a great summer without a pool, end of discussion.
I don’t need to tell you how many times I’ll go to the lake if it will be possible. Last year I didn’t go to the lake at all, which felt like homicide. No pool, no lake, I totally killed my summer. This year I am going to live it twice. I’m going to resuscitate last year’s and live it together with this year’s summer. I want to make the best of this time. I know I’ve said it already, but repeating is good when you set an intention. So I’ll say it again: the summer of 2020 will be the absolute best summer of my life. I’m ready for great things to happen. Do I sound too enthusiastic? Oh, well.