We hadn’t heard from her since Tuesday after she cleared airport security in Boston. But, unless she had been wandering around the airport like Tom Hanks in The Terminal, we assumed that she made it OK.
We just received an email from her this morning, Friday:
I’m here, it is fabulous!! I have limited internet access; this was the first time I was able to send out an email. To keep it short though, all is well and Siena is beautiful!
Heather will be studying in Siena this semester, her second year in college. Siena is located somewhere between Florence and Rome, so she will have no excuse to be bored.
What will she study? Italy, of course. It’s a semester abroad, after all. Italian language; art history; and literature ( I think). Dante, in any case, because he lives there:
La gloria di colui che tutto move per l’universo penetra, e risplende
Nel ciel che più de la sua luce prende
fu’ io, e vidi cose che ridire
né sa né può chi di là sù discende;
perché appressando sé al suo disire,
nostro intelletto si profonda tanto,
che dietro la memoria non può ire.
Veramente quant’io del regno santo
ne la mia mente potei far tesoro,
sarà ora materia del mio canto.
(The opening lines of Paradiso, Canto I)
The glory of Him who moveth everything
Doth penetrate the universe, and shine
In one part more and in another less.
Within that heaven which most his light receives
Was I, and things beheld which to repeat
Nor knows, nor can, who from above descends;
Because in drawing near to its desire
Our intellect ingulphs itself so far,
That after it the memory cannot go.
Truly whatever of the holy realm
I had the power to treasure in my mind
Shall now become the subject of my song.
That’s about it. Study well, Heather. Maybe we’ll see you over there?