Thursday, March 13, 2014

Reality Check

     Although there are daily headlines about Italy’s severe economic crisis, that is often easily (and conveniently) overlooked in our relatively privileged neighborhood of Genoa. However, the staggering unemployment rate -- 42% among youth and nearly 13% overall -- was readily apparent this week, when our local café/bar/gelateria had an opening for a server.  The line of applicants stretched down the block.

     That didn't deter our following through on a promised afternoon gelato for the girls, and it offered a “teachable moment” when we explained why the crowd was gathered. Adding a topping of reality also didn’t deter their enjoyment of their treats, but it did offer a valuable and wider perspective on life here. 

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