Almost exactly 13 years ago, Martin and I stepped out of that door back there into a whole new world with our newborn daughter. The Italian hospital has the area blocked off to public vehicles, so Miss C and I walked around the barriers to get this quick picture of the two of us there.
Soooo many sweet memories here.
We then drove to our old neighborhood to see our old house, and while trying to discreetly photograph the place, this gorgeous young lady called out to us. This is Manuela, who was one of Miss C’s very first friends. Manuela was 12 years old when we moved away. She used to patiently play with Miss C, reading books, coloring, setting up her tea set. Manuela is now a kindergarten teacher. She was shocked her little baby neighbor is all grown up, too!
This is Antoinetta, who was our immediate neighbor to the left. She was an English teacher and very helpful to us during our years in Italy. She also made us so much food! We are so fortunate to have had such a great row of neighbors.
As it turned out, we were the last family to live in the townhouse 11 years ago. For a variety of reasons, the lady who owns it stopped renting it out. While she made a few updates over the years, much remains as it did when we left. We were able to go inside and look around. It was like a time capsule. The ceiling fans we installed are there, and we can see where we hung up our decor. This is Miss C in her nursery, in the corner where we rocked her to sleep. You can see the cords Martin attached to the ceiling fan for me because the chains were just beyond my reach.
Also, you can just barely see the glow-in-the-dark moon and stars in the window. They are on the screen we installed there to keep the bugs out.