Saturday, August 16

My Insalata Mista

I was born in Cap Haitian, Haiti where I lived until age six. When I left Haiti with my family, we moved to Florida for two years, Kentucky for three, and then Indiana for three years.

Shortly after I turned fourteen, I boarded a plane to Italy with my family where I began a new adventure. Together, we studied Italian in Perugia. It took some time to adjust to a new culture and way of life, however I eventually came to love Italy. Besides enjoying the inexpressible goodness of the Italian cuisine, the attention given to beauty, and the Italian language and culture, I mostly fell in love with the people and their way of life.

For me, one of life's richest pleasures became sharing meals with friends consisting of delicious food that was prepared, seemingly without effort. I was most impressed by the way people seemed to lose track of the time while they were together. Hours passed, plates were emptied... then filled, and replenished again. Laughter filled the rooms, and deep lasting connections were made.

I lived in Italy for two years, and then went to boarding school to finish high school in Germany.

Fast forward to the present. I live with my wonderful husband Brent in Seattle, and my two cats, Luna and Bella. I spend my free time reading, writing and looking at cookbooks. In addition, my hobbies include taking pictures of flowers, kids and nature.

2 comments:

rivergreg said...

Hey Darlene - wow, what a background. :) It has been great getting to know you and Brent at church. Many blessings to you both, and have fun with those cats! ;)

Lipi said...

I wanna learn Italian language.....it's such a beautiful language !! But I can't...I suppose ! :(

I love Italian cuisin too..I never been to Italy....you seems very lucky !! you have visited so many places in the World !!

Maui

Maui
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Memories

Italy trip

I have been going through my pictures, and have enjoyed looking at this album of Italy. I was able to go over last year to attend a conference. This was the first time I have been back in twenty years. The pictures are made up mostly of places we lived as a family. My brother and I were able to go together, and we were graciously hosted by some friends of ours from language school in Perugia. I feel such a sense of nostalgia when I look at these pictures. I miss Italy so much. It was strange to go back as a tourist knowing I would be returning to the US after such a short time. Tonight I made cookies with Nutella in them, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures. Fortunately, you can find it here! Saturday, we are going up to my brother's house to celebrate a late Thanksgiving, only we will be making homemade tortellini instead of turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!