Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

Day 335 – As slow as a snail


After yesterday’s events getting through today was a challenge. Waking up at 7,30 am to run and teach a class full of adorable children, looking into their eyes and telling them that this might be our last lesson together was heart breaking. Taking a lunch break while trying to torture my notebook’s pages with my pen in the same time, wasn’t that great either. I felt heavy and slow. But then the workshop began and after hearing and sharing great stories, some uncomfortable, some very insightful and inspiring, I did one of the things I love doing in Florence: people watching. Have you ever done that? It’s an incredible exercise! You empty your mind of everything and focus on the characters that walk by right in front of you. Everyone should do that from time to time.

As I was heading home, I tried to keep myself awake by sharing my day with a friend and counting the bus stops. That part didn’t last very long and I told myself it’s safe to close my eyes for two seconds. Two seconds lasted for almost five bus stops and when I finally opened my eyes I realized I may wake up in a different part of town if allow myself to close them again. I was welcomed by the usual hug and kiss that always manage to chase away my tiredness for a while. Although I didn’t have much energy to play and jump, my beautiful daughter showed me just how much my presence means to her, how much she missed me.

These last couple of days have been so incredible and intense that tomorrow I will indulge myself with a break. Tomorrow will be only about laziness, watching cartoons in bed, eating cake and having cappuccino with my two favorite people in the world, having loads of fun and maybe squeeze in some extra sleeping time. Good night people! Have a great Sunday!

About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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By Ela Vasilescu
Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu