16.1.12

today

Good Monday,
I must say that we've been through a hell of a week. 
Sometimes, I guess, you have to yield to what invests 
you and wait until the storm pass, but not in a passive way! 
In my native town, in the old quarters, there's a square where
 a battle took place and there's a building with a door with a 
tablet on top of it that says :«Frangar non flectar» (I break but I don't yield). 
That's a say used by the Genovese people during the battle 
against Pisa (one of the four Sea Republics in Medieval and 
Renaissance times in Italy) meaning that the Genovese have 
rather died than been besieged by the Pisans. I don't know
 why I'm telling this story here, since it has very little to do 
with my behaviour towards what happened to us last week, 
though, I feel like to start the week with this story.

photo 3: my dad (first on the left) in 1941
photo 5: my mum (the girl with the bow)

HAVE A GOOD DAY!





20 comments:

fanja said...

dear, sounds like you had to fight a battle. Wishing this week to be a peaceful one x

la casita said...

Fanja, :D you are not too far from it!

Bichos da Matos said...

Força! I hope this week will be better, beijinhos:)

Trula said...

That sounds like an awful week. Sending you a little sunshine from Barcelona to go along with your positive attitude.

fliss said...

I am so sorry to hear it was such a horrible week you had. I really hope there to be no more like this for you again. Sending lots of love.x

la casita said...

Thank you Catarina, Trula and Fliss xxx

bobbi said...

I have always considered myself half Milanese half Ligurian because I have spent all my weekends there until I was 26...and my grandmother still lives there.
This week must be better, and it will be.

Good night, Olivia said...

Wish I could have written that I know how you feel, but that ever seems like an easy way out. Battles, on the other hand. Battles, I know. And so, I know it's hard and sometimes impossible to avoid (and 'sometimes' can be every minute of every day).

Your wisdom will pull you through, and you will be ok, again. I find the 'Frangar non flectar' very appealing, we should all be carrying a small sign with those words. Your words also made me think of Nietzsche and the quote from 'Zarathustra': 'One must still have chaos in oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.'

I see you dancing, like noone else I know.

Love,
Lilli

naa said...

oh dear, I hope it's over now and you can enjoy the pretty things in life... I'm sending you a big bug hug and tons of good wishes* take care*

blue china studio said...

uh oh...I hope this week is much, much better for you!

I love that photo of the men and the bicycles.

Séverine said...

Oui j'espère que cette semaine sera meilleure,
des bises Alessandra !

la casita said...

Blue china studio, thanks...that photo was taken a year after the II world war started, my dad was a partisan.

la casita said...

Merci Severine x

la casita said...

Ana, thank you...write to you soon <3

la casita said...

Lilli, thank you... I know you are a dancer too!

la casita said...

Thank you Bobbi x

Louise said...

Oh dear! Well I hope this coming week doesn't bring you to battle metaphors! The pictures are lovely.

Janis said...

Corragio Alessandra... wise words you once told me in my own troubled times. And you know what? I remember and appreciated it - your timing was perfect. So hold tight my dear, it will pass. Will be thinking of you...

I am glad you told the story of the Genovese because it confirms how strong and resilient Italians are. More stories, anytime. baci-baci

Alexandra Durão said...

:-) Wish you a better week!

Kylie said...

Beautiful photos Alessandra! I love old photos :) Sorry to hear you've had some hard times - I hope everything's turned out okay? Kx