Sending Our Love to Italy

March 2020

At the time of this writing, our beloved Italy is reeling from the impact of the coronavirus on their families and economy. With our main Italian office located in the Bergamo province, it has been a painful month as we watch colleagues, friends and acquaintances either struggle to conquer the virus or survive the financial impact it is having on their families and country. Each evening I read with sorrow the articles and obituaries in the newspaper, L’Eco di Bergamo. However, a top health official in Italy recently shared with the New York Times that “we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Let’s pray that is truly the case.

But what we have also seen in the news and on social media, is how the Italian people have rallied in the wake of this catastrophe. You have to love the resiliency of the Italian people. Their zest for life is displayed in the daily singing and playing of musical instruments on thousands of balconies around the country. Despite the quarantine, they are finding ways to connect with and support each other during this crisis.

It is said that one lesson learned in this crisis is that many people did not fully understand the seriousness of the virus and it led to the country having the worst experience out of all other countries in the world. Now that the virus has hit the U.S. and the toll on our country increases daily, it is my prayer that we can learn from the successes and failures of Italy and China’s war on the virus and that the toll on this country will be lessened by this knowledge.

If you are so inclined, I wanted to mention that there are multiple Italian hospitals with fundraisers on GoFundMe. Anything you could do to help would be greatly appreciated.

I am sending my love and well-wishes to everyone in Italy and for quick eradication of this deadly virus. This, too, shall pass and life will resume, at least some version of what it was before. The people of Italy have faced greater challenges in their history and I have no doubt that their resilience, zest for life, and love of family will lead them to a stronger place. Forza Italia! #iorestoacasa

Melanie D. Holtz