Lifelong friendship is everywhere, every day in Italy. A walk to virtually any piazza will reveal a scene similar to this:
Indeed, many of us expats in Italy lament about how difficult it is to break into an Italian's close circle of friends. For many Italians, friends are made early on in life and not too many changes are made to the roster, so to speak, no matter how many years go by.
From the outside, this can be discouraging if you're looking to form lifelong friendships with people who aren't looking for the same thing. On the other hand, if you're successful in cozying into that coveted spot, you know you have a special friendship.
But even if we never crack the code, all of us, expat or not, have our own lifelong friends that we know will support us, listen to our complaints, share our happiness, and, quite simply, accept us no matter what happens.
I'm not going to call out anyone here, but those of you out there who are my lifelong friends, know who you are. And I love and appreciate each one of you.
Thank you for enriching every day of my life even though I'm an ocean away (and even if you never comment on my blog).
And not to leave out my newest friends, those in cyberspace, thank you, too, for welcoming me and giving me a virtual home. I can already feel some lifelong friendships in the works.
Happy Love Thursday everyone!