Italy has been on my shortlist of places to since my return from Europe in 2016.
Not in 2017, my daughter-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer a few months after giving birth to her first child.
Not in 2018, she was still fighting and I was caring for her and her baby.
Not in 2019, she was still fighting and I was caring for her and her toddler.
She died in late 2019.
A change of scenery
Early in 2020 I decided taking the trip would be a healing experience.
I would travel and deal with grief from a distance.
Then came the corona virus, unsettling and scary with no end in sight.
I refuse to be beaten.
I am going to make tentative plans for late 2020 and see what works out.
I am going to live everyday with guarded optimism.
Afterall, life is often not what we planned.