Friday the 13th of November will be remembered and we all know for what.
For me, though, that Friday was a very joyful day.
Work went well and I was on my way to Ikea Croydon for the second time in three weeks.
While i was on the train i got a text from my younger cousin saying that she just had a beautiful baby girl called Lea.
I was suddenly smiling at the reflection of myself on the overground, with tears of joy for her.
Lea was named after our grandma that passed away couple of years ago, while I was in London.
We were all really attached to her, she had 18 between nephews and nieces and she was a typical grandma from southern Italy. Her homemade pasta was one of the best things I had in my life.
I remember that once, in one of the many times I went to italy visiting from London, she said “But, why do you have to go back?”. That sentence just broke my heart, as I was trying to explain to her that Italy wasn’t offering me much at the time.
Nonna didn’t really understand but she let me go, because she knew that was the right thing for me.
From Friday we have a new Lea in our family and I cannot wait to see her in a month when I’ll be home for Christmas. And I am glad my cousin named her after a wonderful woman that did so much for us and if it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t have known the meaning of the word “family”.
Sometimes I realize how lucky I am. I have a family that is not perfect but I love with all my heart and friends who are always there for me if I need them. And then, sure, I have a job that I love and a brand new apartment that is the achievement of the year. There are days when I am not happy, when this or that could be improved, when I think that maybe my other half is still out there somewhere, but then I stop and I try to list all the things I can be grateful for and I suddenly realize it could be much worse.
Today I am grateful for the glass of wine I had at lunch; for chatting with my dad on FaceTime; for having the chance to travel to Rome and Oslo in the next two weekends; for my friends that came over for dinner last night and brought me some red roses; for talking to my mum everyday; for having more than one wonderful cousin that I love so much; and for knowing I am not alone, no matter where in the world I am.
Take a minute today, to think about what you want to be grateful for.
Tomorrow it might be too late.