(To read in Italian) Here we are. The last day of January. The month has been almost exhausted. Where did the time go I wonder? It has gone away so quickly. It seems to have flown away. Even if we are on the threshold of February we are still in the middle of winter. For some of us it is indeed a cold one that doesn’t seem to want to end. I was on Skype this afternoon with a friend who lives in Italy and she was trembling from the cold and was wrapped up in a blanket while we talked. She was the first person that I wished a happy February to, because in Italy at three in the afternoon it is already midnight.
For me, I still have a couple more hours before I can embrace a new month. I love turning the pages of the calendar to begin a new month full of new possibilities. I like being surprised by each new foto for each new month. The photo above, is from a calendar that features the orignal photography of my friend Graziana Giotta. This particular image taken by Graziana makes me think of the legend of the blackbird. In Italy these last couple of days are special because the say that the last three days predict how the rest of the winter will go. It is kind of like our Ground Hogs Day. In America, on the 2nd of February, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he is terrified and goes underground for six more weeks. This means that winter will continue a bit longer. If instead the weather if sunny, the groundhog doesn’t scare himself silly and thus emerges from his den signifying that spring is just around the corner.
Here is the legend of the blackbird:
According to tradition, the “days of the blackbird (29, 30, 31 of January) are the three coldest days of the year. If in these days, abiding by the leggend the are the coldest, then spring will be warm and arrive early. But, if the “days of the blackbird” are warm, sprng will arrive late.
The name derives from a leggend, that says that the blackbird, a bird that once upon a time had white feathers like the snow, to protect itself from the cold hid itself and its babies inside a chimney, from which three days later they emerged covered in black soot. Since then the blackbird has black feathers.
The other day when I put this on the Facebook page of Studentessa Matta I received the nicest message from my friend Ella who also shared a lovely song about the “days of the blackbird”.
I have heard from many friends, that these last few days of January have indeed been very cold! So according to the leggend of the blackbird spring will arrive soon and will be very nice this year! Forza! We must suffer winter for only a few more weeks more. Thank goodness I live in California. It already seems like spring! Happy February everybody.
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