"Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?" - Jalaluddin Rumi -
How wonderful is a child's perspective on the world. While in Italy, my parents asked little Rose:"What does mama like?"
You would say, running around in our house, attacking our couch and occasionally my desk, stumbling over my books, being called after my favorite flower, hearing my music, dancing with me, gardening, walking, etc ... she would come up with something ... refined maybe, something that fits the "image". Hard one that is, and completely ridiculous. But that's what one does, living a life and becoming the image of that same life, the epitome of oneself. Some of us feel comfortable in that position, others need to rebel against it and find a new image every now and then. But all of us cling to this image, try to fulfill the needs of that image. Am I not an academic, don't I see society's niches with my oh so original and authentic thoughts, just me ... together with, oh my, thousands of academics sharing my image!? The image is hollow, it is but an expression by means of correspondence with the outer world. It reflects, eventually, nothing more than the perception that is altogether little authentic yet ... shared.
This must have been little Rose's idea too, telling from the T-shirt she singled out for me. Mammina loves (read: is addicted to) Nutella and all the books, artifacts and images are but obstacles to the truth. Hence, I got this T-shirt, the ugliest beautiful thing I ever got in my life! Gone is the image, mammina is not an academic or whatever foolish image I would've preferred earlier. No, mammina is a crazy, always busy bouncing Nutella addict! Don't you just love that!
So today is a day of baptism, into a new ...image, that's right. Let me introduce myself, I'm Nanhe, the crazy bouncing Nutella-addict! Sounds sweet to me! ♡ #nutella