I tend to think Italians are born with roots. And those roots influence so many choices, traditions, customs, and culture. Italian roots are intertwined with home, tradition, memories and friendships. One telling sign that home is where the heart is? Birth announcements Italian style. Why send out cards announcing the birth of your little one when most of your family, friends, and even your colleagues all live in a 10 km radius?
Italian birth announcements are not only for the neighbors and friends who will bring gifts and flowers to the newborn. They are a welcoming gesture to the little bundle of joy, an exuberant “finally he/she is here”. It’s like putting a stamp on the home that says, “now Viola lives here too”.
Announcements can go from sedate, with a few pink or blue bows, to wonderfully over the top, with paper mâché storks on the front porch (which is what i came home to, after my first born) to hand-painted signs, to bows and garlands and tulle everywhere (yep, still me, after the second born).
But the most touching, the most yell-it-from-the-rooftops joyful announcement was the one orchestrated by a couple who finally, after two and a half years of waiting and wishing, brought home their adopted 4 year old son. They put pictures up all over the neighborhood, and wrapped their balcony up like it was a thousand Christmases and birthdays all rolled up together. Sigh… I love it.
Welcome home, little babies.
– Contributed by Enrica Frulla, a marketing consultant and copywriter living in the Marches.