Happy Monday all! In case you didn’t have a chance to read it, I wanted to share this lovely story that ran in yesterday’s New York Times Travel section: Digging up Family Roots in Sicily by Russell Shorto. The focus of the piece is pretty much what the title suggests: the writer traces his ancestral roots back to Sicily. Pursuing something of this capacity is no small feat and, at times, I’m sure can be incredibly daunting (kind of like the fruitless Italian citizenship on which I wasted years and lots of my hard-earned money for nothing. Yes, I’m still bitter about this!). Tracing your ancestry can be classified as one of those things that people say they want to do–myself included–but never get around to (or haven’t yet!) because life just gets in the way. Kudos to you, Mr. Shorto! I admire that you followed it through.
The other reason I wanted to share this is because I think it helps prove the recent point I made about how the Italians are willing to do whatever they can to help you out of the goodness of their own heart with zero expectation. Now, I won’t ruin the story if you haven’t yet read it, but there’s a kind man in Sicily from whom he receives some guidance, and this man really goes above and beyond to help. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.