Maybe it’s the sunniness and warmth that we’ve had over the past few weeks, or the fact that I’m finally able to hang out laundry on the clothesline, but I’ve had a pretty warm fuzzy feeling about Rome lately. I think I am in love! Let me count the ways:
1. I have a job I love with great coworkers who have chosen Rome as their home base. We are all pulling in the same direction, bringing arts and cultural entertainment to Rome, and we’ve all come to love various aspects of Rome. We’re always telling the others about the latest fun and interesting thing that’s happening.
2. Nicky Doodles is open, and the picnic tables are outside. Even if I don’t choose to sit outside, seeing others out enjoying their food and ice cream is always a treat (no pun intended).
3. I can walk or bike to work without being attacked by dogs. Where I grew up, this was never a certainty.
4. People wave and honk like real neighbors. I’ve lived in places where I didn’t even know the people downstairs from me, but between neighbors and friends, waves and honks are all over the place. Sometimes I don’t even know who I’m waving to, I just wave! It feels very homey.
5. The daffodils in the city flower beds in front of the Capitol are blooming. Daffodils are the most optimistic of flowers; I’ve glad to see that they’re still kicking after our recent bit of snow.
6. Mike Henry’s cookies. The homemade cookie at Brenda’s Natural Foods, made by her husband, are a perfect afternoon snack, and I don’t even have to walk a block.
7. Hearing various strains of music playing when I leave the office at night. Between John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance, The Music Studio, and A Vivo, music is never far away. It makes our block feel fresh and vibrant.
8. Rome Cash Mob, Shop Rome First, and Positively Rome. I love how the people of Rome are coming together in a positive way to create change. The naysayers will always be present, but the power of positive thoughts, especially when magnified by other like-minded people, can’t be overstated.
9. The crazy pastry creations and cakes at Cafe Divino. It’s a sweet cafe run by sweet people, and I love to see the photos of the cakes that they’ve made by special request.
10. The prevalence of Easter Bread. I never knew Easter Bread before I moved to Rome, and there are so many to choose from. It will certainly be added to my list of the signs of spring.
Why do you love Rome? I always love to hear from you, dear reader. Feel free to email me at email@example.com.