Il Rientro

September 3, 2014 / Local Interest
Parma, Emilia Romagna

The lead up to the summer is all about, “Dove vai?“, “Ma che bello…“, “Beh, divertiti, riposati“, and “Ci vediamo a settembre.” (Where are you going?, How lovely, Have fun/relax, and See you in September).

Then summer itself comes along, the weekday/weekend back and forth from the beaches increases steadily, kids often staying there with grandparents. By August 1st, some psychic shift takes place and all obligations are off, entire cities (and their chaos) simply relocate to the beach… yet life during le ferie (the holidays) takes on that suspended time out of time cadence that characterizes holidays the world over.

Like any play worthy of the name, these two acts finish with a third… il rientro (the return). And so before you know it, you’re in a park on lunch break, and everyone is playing their part. Grandparents are out for a stroll with their grandchildren (parents are already back at work; kids not in school yet), friends are catching up over cups of coffee… “Dove sei stata?”, “Vi siete riposati?”, “Avete mangiato bene?”, “Ma quanto sei abbronzata..!” (Where did you go?, Did you manage to rest/relax?, Did you eat well?, Wow, you’re really tan!)

Il rientro is that ten day period when Italian life shifts back from summer holiday to usual daily life.

Buon rientro a tutti!


GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

52 Responses to “Il Rientro”

  1. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Welcome back GB and Italian Notebook! Life wouldn’t be the same without you.

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  2. BLUEBERRY GROWERS WIFE

    SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR POST IN MY MAIL BOX
    “TEACHER” I DID NOT KNOW WHY YOU WHERE GONE
    HOPE YOU ARE OK AND HANG IN THERE “ONE DAY AT A TIME”
    GOD BLESS
    TINA

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  3. Bev. Granzella

    My family enjoys your Notebook very much. However, often the pictures do not come through. There are just blank squares. Can you tell me what the problem is?

    Thank you,

    Beverly

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  4. Joan Schmelzle

    Glad to see the return. I was just wondering about Italian Notebook the other day. I was hoping I hadn’t accidently cut you out of my email. I do enjoy the notes!

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  5. Alexandrina de simone

    then recalled that Italy just about shuts down in August. So I waited and hoped.So glad you are back!!!!

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  6. Barbara Smith

    In sunny Arizona we are still in the middle of summer. If the pictures were recently done then you are in the throes of fall. Welcome back

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  7. Domemic Piccolomini

    I’m so happy that you are back. We really missed you the past several weeks.

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  8. Giuseppe Oliveri Orioles

    Ciao…. this brought back memories from I lived in Rome…. thankyou for your stories!

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  9. Carol Nutile Burke

    Frantiic with worry that you had stopped publishing. Our entire Italian language class expressed anguish, worry, frustration concern, thenrelief when you ‘re-appeared’ Buon rientro! Gioia!

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  10. John Cowley

    Welcome back, your snippets of daily life here – things
    which we seem to take for granted & therefore miss completely, are always much appreciated when you point them out to us. we love them.

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  11. francesco costa

    mi chiedevo che fine avessi fatto e pativo molto la tua mancanza, ma ora sono sollevato. bentornato, caro gb, e complimenti per il pezzo e per le fotografie così luminose, così rasserenanti! la felicità, si sa, è nell’occhio di chi guarda. ancora bentornato! il tuo vicino di casa f.

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  12. Aaaaah. I’m glad to have Italian Notebook back in my inbox. :) The nicest part of September is that it’s still a slow start. The best month of the year, really. Saluti!

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  13. Lenore Chicka

    What a nice surprise to see you back in my e-mail. So good to see once again, really missed you.
    Looking forward to all the new articles you have in store
    for us.
    thank you
    Lenore Chicka

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  14. Paul Huckett

    After a month in the gloomy winter of southern Australia, it is heart-warming to find your Notes back in my inbox, just as our weather improves –blossom everywhere ,the birds nesting, the garden shrugging off winter –welcome back Spring !

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  15. Rosemary

    I remember well this time of year in Italy! I must admit to enjoying the peacefulness of Perugia in August when everyone – including the students – was away and we had the city practically to ourselves! Benvenuto a Casa!

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  16. Tony DiGiulio

    Welcome back!
    I missed my Notebook in August, but glad you had your time away!
    I enjoy every email!!
    Thanks!!
    Tony DiGiulio

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  17. Reading your message brought back great memories…Oh, I would love to live the rientro, like I did when I still lived in Rome…Here in Washington DC I did not have a SINGLE day of vacation: we had 6 students doing their internship with us at the museum, Monday through Friday from May to last week…SIGH! Grazie ancora e bentornato! Emanuela

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  18. mary jane

    Isnt the Italian rhythm of the seasons , vacanze, rientro wonderful ?
    Here the rientro is marked by tonight’s special Santa Rosa festival.

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  19. Good to see you back on the radar. Look forward to submitting and reading another year of interesting articles from all the contributors.

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  20. M. Bernadette Higgins

    Welcome Back! Missed all my “fare amicizia” this past August and anxiously looked forward to the Notebook’s return. Meraviglioso-wonderful!

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