Collision of Worlds

Sadie H. is currently a junior at SYA Italy and a blogger for the Campus Reporter program. She comes to SYA from Chatham Hall in Virginia.

A few weeks ago, I had been anxiously checking my phone all day waiting for a certain text from my mom. She was going to tell me when her and my brothers had arrived in Viterbo after flying into Rome, and I probably looked at my phone fifty times before actually seeing her text. I was literally running down the street to hug them the second I read the message! Over the course of the next few hours I showed them all around Viterbo, and tried as hard as I could to fill them in on my last four months and what my life is now like. I had been waiting for what seemed like so long for that day, and I couldn’t wait for what would come that evening - dinner with both my American and Italian family!

We had been planning to go out for pizza at the same restaurant that I ate my first Italian meal at, on my first night here in Italy (which feels like just yesterday). After my American family met my Italian family, we
piled into cars and headed for the restaurant. Luckily my mom also speaks Italian… we could share the work of translating to English and Italian! Sitting at the table surrounded by my two families, I felt a rush of happiness and gratitude. I had not two but three big brothers and not one set of parents but two! Although I was exhausted by the end of the night from translating back and forth (seriously, thank goodness for my mom!), that feeling of happiness and gratitude did not leave me.

The next morning we all had breakfast together, and we talked and joked so much that by the end of the meal all of us were like a big group of friends, with a ton of inside jokes! At the end of break, when I came back to Viterbo, we all had lunch together again at my house. It was sad knowing I was going to say goodbye to my American family until summer, but it was hard to be sad for long knowing that I had not one, but two amazing families who are always there for me.

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