La Bella Figura

My current class is about English Language Learners. This weeks assignment I had to pick a culture, say why I picked it, and make a PowerPoint about the language, education, socialization, food, religion, dress, parenting, and a few other things. So I of course picked Italian. I had so much fun finding information online and comparing it to my own family. I came across La Bella Figura and wanted to know what it meant. The Italian philosophy of La Bella Figura essentially boils down to always putting your best foot forward, not only physically but in every way you present yourself to the world. From talking to my Polish friend they have that same philosophy also. I look around and see so many have stopped doing that in the United States. It seems we are lowering our standards on how well we keep ourselves and our surroundings. I find myself fighting all the time with my son about hygiene, having matching clothes, taking care of his belongings. I try to tell him the way he takes care of himself is his business card on how others are going to treat him. And yet its a catch 22 because I also want to make sure my children don’t listen to negative judgements. I remember growing up my friend’s parents telling them they couldn’t do anything until their chores were done, they had to shower, and they had to take care of the house as well as the belongings in it. It set the path to taking care of oneself and having pride in it. So I was explaining to my daughters what La Bella Figura is…..an attempt to create a life by looking and acting their best in every situation while savoring the simple pleasures in life. So then I wondered what do I consider the simple pleasures in life? Family, my cats, food, friendships, good conversations, books, music, chic flicks, being in nature, etc. Seems quite lovely to me. My youngest daughter asked me what if she doesn’t feel like putting her best foot forward for a day? I thought about it for a minute and told her taking a shower and putting her hair in a bun works well for that! There is nothing wrong with taking a day off from everything but don’t let it become a habit to where her home gets cluttered and dirty.

To add to my journey to create La Bella Figura in my life, I went to a new Dr. yesterday to get established as a patient and to explore my stomach issues. I got on the scale dreading it and when the numbers came up they were in kilograms….Uh what is that in my terms? So the nurse tells me and I was like ugh ok and then it hit me Oh hell yes!!! I lost 5 pounds!!! I haven’t been trying but I am so happy.

It is time for me to get some errands done before it gets too late. I still have to make sure my lesson plans for the week are finished so I better get off of here. Have a wonderful day people!

Addio per ora

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