A memory appeared in my thoughts of a particular day Diane and I shared in Tuscany. While walking through streets of Florence Italy, we discovered the Trevi Fountain. Watching in wonder, we saw the couples around the fountain, children skipping on the piazza and men/men and women/women strolling arm in arm, as Italians do. The crashing resonance of water filled the abundant sun and spring air while we enjoyed the semblance. My senses remind me of the smell of the chestnuts as the vendor pushed his cart. What a delightful treat.
The streets surrounding the fountain were crowded with walkers, some on their journey to drink the many timeless italian architectures. Others fixed in time experiencing the legend of the “Fountaina degli innamorati,” or lovers fountain.
One legend says that lovers must drink together to be faithful for life. The Fountain contains a curiosity of its own name. It is called the Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain due to the crossroads that formed in the place in medieval times.
It is the most beautiful fountain as people turn, throw a coin over their shoulder with the wish come true that the Fountain will miraculously return you to Rome.
In all of its tradition, we turned tossed our coins and made our wish. Our wish for good fortune, eternal love and a return to Rome. I am thankful for two out of three?
Time stood still as the experience embraced the souls of those present. It removed consciousness for moments as though it was drawing those captive into the humid air and thunder of the tumultuous water yielding upon itself.
It was impossible not to be blanketed by the romanticism of the occasion. In love then and even more in love today, the treasure of the experience created a life long memory to be recorded in thought forever.
Though cliche`, Italians live by a philosophy, “La dolce vita” meaning the good life, full of pleasure and indulgence. Creating timeless memories, living life to the fullest with friends and family, celebrating the simplest things in life, creates meaning that leads to satisfaction and happiness. As 2014 is the 25th year of marriage for Diane and I, my wish for the next 25 is to continue experiencing life in the spirit of the the legend of “Fountaina degli innamorati. La dolce vita!
Today, tomorrow and always, my love.