Rediscovering the importance of communities

I don’t know exactly what to write in a time like this, I just feel that I have to write something.

As you know I’m Italian from a small town near Milan and I live in Stuttgart, Germany. I was in my hometown from 21 to 23 february and visited my mum and friends as the first person died in Lombardy of coronavirus. That’s why I had to work the following two weeks from home in order to protect the health of my colleagues.

Staying home alone for me is always a challenge but I managed it very good: I even cooked and went for a walk during the lunch break.

I started immediately to follow more closely the Italian and German news. Thank God we live in a connected world so I had the possibility to stay in touch with my friends and family and stay updated about the consequences of the government directives on their immediate lives.

Last Monday I got back to the office and I don’t know exactly how the situation will develop in the next few weeks here in Germany. Baden-Württemberg is closing on Tuesday all schools and kindergartens at least till Easter. A lot of companies are enabling their employees to work from home also to take care of their children.

What I observed in this last period is the solidarity of the people both in person and online.

I was asked by a lot of people here about my family and loved ones in Italy and everybody seemed truly concerned and interested.

I heard on the Italian radio a lot of stories of people that keep going to their workplaces to enable the population to satisfy the basic needs.

I’m following the hashtag #resistereallabbruttimento started by the radio host Claudia de Lillo (@quielasti) on Instagram that offers the possibility to share photos or videos of activities at home in order to fight the discomfort. I have to say that Italians confirm their creativity sharing contents like baking cakes and biscuits, preparing pizza and focaccia, gardening, de-cluttering, doing sport, singing or playing instruments and a lot of games with children.

I also saw in some people the panic rising and this was obvious. I only hope that everyone will understand that fear and anxiety are not constructive feelings and will preserve their inner balance.

This difficult time is a challenge for us but we are facing it together.

I see it as a possibility to grow with my own family and in my neighborhood here in Stuttgart-West. Maybe it is a possibility to focus again on the importance of our communities and of the civic sense that in our capitalistic society got lost.

I already see a lot of solidarity here in Stuttgart-West. I follow online some local shops, restaurants and cafes that are building a community to help each other even if for them this is a period of great uncertainty. They all don’t know how long they will stay open. I see here also a lot of young people offering their help to elderly people as it happened in Italy.

I’m also proud to hear that people who understand Italian are reading a lot of Italian newspapers because they find them more informative. In my country the situation is serious but I think other countries are looking to Italy and taking example of it.

I’m very confident that we will handle this situation and, as I read in an article published by Repubblica, we will appreciate more our daily routine when we will have the possibility to get back to it.

After the rain comes the rainbow.

A rainbow on the Caribbean island of Dominica
A rainbow on the Caribbean island of Dominica

Allieta le mie giornate: Claudia de Lillo

La mattina alle 6:10 la prima cosa che faccio quando, ancora mezza addormentata, entro in cucina è accendere la nostra internet radio e sintonizzarmi su Rai Radio 2 perché a quell’ora è in onda Caterpillar AM e a condurlo c’è lei: Claudia de Lillo alias elasti. Con la sua voce pimpante racconta insieme a Filippo Solibello e Marco Ardemagni a me, che vivo all’estero, quelle che sono le notizie principali in Italia commentandole.

Claudia de Lillo, fonte: pinterest
Claudia de Lillo

L’ho scoperta un po’ per caso anni fa leggendo la rubrica della psicologa Irene Bernardini su Vanity Fair, sua grande amica, che è venuta a mancare troppo in fretta. Di Claudia de Lillo io mi sono innamorata immediatamente perché ha una carica contagiosa e a me le donne così piacciono un sacco. Ha tre figli e un marito, l’economista marxista barese, che solitamente vive a Londra durante la settimana ma che quest’anno si è preso un anno sabbatico. Claudia fa tantissime cose. Ha una passione sfrenata per lo yoga, come me. Gestisce un blog e scrive su D la Repubblica. È l’autrice di diversi libri sull’essere mamma e di due romanzi. Conduce infine il suddetto programma radiofonico all’alba.

A me i suoi post sul blog nonsolomamma.com mettono di buon umore: quasi mi sembra di conoscerla davvero la sua famiglia. L’ascolto dell’audiolibro del suo ultimo romanzo Nina sente, letto da lei, mi ha letteralmente rapita. La seguo poi su Facebook e Instagram dove elasti è anche lì super attiva: posta stories ogni giorno dalla redazione di Caterpillar AM, da casa sua o in giro per Milano e fa recensioni di film, serie e libri.

L’intento di questo post è insomma quello di fare un po’ di pubblicità positiva, non richiesta ma spero ben accetta, a una donna con carattere che prende la vita e i ruoli che questa ci assegna in modo spiritoso.