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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Musings about things Italian

The occasional tourist rarely pierces the veneer of a country and never sees its soul, so these observations are a comparison of that brief and superficial experience to familiar life at home. One of the most striking things about this place is that elders are held in an esteem that is denied them in the States. A woman above a certain age will throw a shoulder into someone who strays in the way as she heads out to her shopping. The old will scold the young in public, and their words are taken with respect. A trio of white haired women link arms and move slowly down a narrow street full of shoppers, and no one dares brush against them or suggest they not block the way.
What transformed the U.S. into a country that dismisses the elderly unless they are our parents?

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