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Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Mental Health Break— Carpe Diem

carpe-that-fucking-diem-T-ShirtsIn Italy I saw this shirt or some version of it all over the place, usually worn by young people.

When I pointed it out to my husband (whose area of study frequently takes him to Italy), he explained that much of the time Italians will wear T-shirts with logos or expressions whose meaning they don’t understand.

Maybe this struck me because I’ve just written a book built on the assumption that we Americans, in contrast, actually understand (or seek to understand) the meaning of the bumper stickers we put on our cars.

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On our last day in the charming village of Vernazza on the coast of the Mediterranean, we were standing at a counter drinking our espressos—a commendable habit that became delightfully easy to slip into—when our server approached wearing a T-shirt with some flashy picture of a car…or moose…or something, with an indiscernible expression in big, bold red lettering. My husband asked the young man what his shirt said. The man smiled and with a hint of self-deprecation, shrugged, and replied, “I don’t know.”

We all laughed.

On that note, go seize the day.

 

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