MAMMA’S DIARY – DIARIO DI MAMMA
You are following one of the worst years ever. If you don’t believe me, just ask America. Apparently, 55 percent of Americans say 2016 was either below average or the worst since 2012, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Sure, there were years worse than this one. We’ve heard from many a Baby Boomer about 1968. Whew, that was a doozy! And while it seems like we lost every creative person left on the planet, we probably are exaggerating. After all, it’s devastating and the cultural psyche has taken more than a few punches. How will we go on without the likes of GOAT Ali, David Bowie, Prince, and both Carrie Fisher and her mother to name just a few?
Still, the bad year is only bad if it was bad for you. For me personally, 2016 was awful. Family members became ill, work nearly disappeared, and I felt a brick in my stomach and a hole in my heart constantly. Notice I haven’t even mentioned the political divisiveness, the horrific images of terrorism and war, the quagmire that has become police-community relations, the sexism, the racism, etc. The year had me questioning the purpose of my very existence. It was exhausting. So we begin with you, 2017, weary and perhaps a bit frightened about what’s coming next. The good news is that the bar is now low for you to be considered a better year. I mean you kicked off with my dishwasher and food processor malfunctioning during the new year’s celebration that I was hosting, and I’m still grateful for your arrival. Discover what you can give to us to make us look back with fondness next January:
Give us something in which we can believe. We need another man on the moon or “I have a dream” speech replete with peace-inspiring, motivational speaker of love, or miracle cure for a terrible disease. Some technological discovery that revolutionizes our world (hello A.I.) and boost our economy will suffice. I want something that moves me from the pit of my stomach to the depths of my heart.
Great happenings that unite us and bring us joy are a must. We don’t want another year of rehashing the old or remembering the late greats and their art or their leadership or their beauty. We want contributions in the here and now. We want happiness. We want fun without so much sadness.
Peace and Tranquility
This one is a tall order, and I don’t expect it overnight. But we need some movement toward peace. Our stomachs and hearts deserve a break. I’m not sure I have any more tears to shed. Give us a little pause, so we can rest our weary heads.
We must come together as people. We must soften our hearts and open our doors and talk with (and not at) one another. We must be nicer to our neighbors. We must spread love and grace and be role models for our children. Hug more. Listen more. With some peace and joy, maybe we will be more willing.
Ok, we realize bad things will happen. They always do. But we all seemed to become faithless in 2016. It brought on anger that spilled over into everything we did. There was a feeling that nothing would change and things would just keep declining. What we really need is that little spark inside us – the one that makes us feel as though good is on its way – to reignite. You can do it, 2017. We know you can. We’re counting on you.
Di Meglio has written the Our Paesani column for ItaliansRus.com since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10. For more handmade crafts and party gear, visit the Italian Mamma store on Etsy.