Giovedì 26 Novembre
I should thank those kids who spent time teaching me about the uses of specific verb tenses yesterday because I made a 47 out of 50 on my exam today!! I'm guessing I'm at about an 8 year old level, haha! I aced my oral test too and then had the blessing of a fellow classmate who is a fellow American from New York come to lunch with me!!! We had a fabulous time talking!!
Then I went to rehearsals for the big event the school is throwing for poetry where I will sing two songs I have not yet memorized. I arrived early and spent time with an author of stories and poems named Stefano Adami.
He treated me to spritz and we talked about how amazing Rome is to live in and how there are jobs there, he told me of his years spent teaching in London & Chicago, & his trip to Cuba where he felt so at home because of the way the people MAKE you feel that way and that music is playing night and day there. He told me I speak Italian well and said that my intelligence is high evidenced by how quickly I pick up the language he was teaching me throughout the evening. Haha, but I doubt I'll remember the new words and corrections he gave me!
Then I read my poem by Walt Whitman "I Sit and Look Out" in both Italian and English, very slowly. My professor Maurizio Spagnesi had corrected my pronunciation beforehand wherein I learned I had been pronouncing "z"s and double letters like "rr" "tt" incorrectly. I felt so good about how I read the poem in both languages and even received several compliments on my reading, from two who said I read it like I felt it. Then I sang the "America" written before 1900 by Samuel Smith and later Wade in the Water, which I wished I had sing first because I was most comfortable with it and I had held the words in my hand for the first one but most people were one when I sang Wade in the Water, which I felt God told me to sing. Grrrrr! I feel much more passionate about exposing injustice and the hope of attaining freedom than promoting any one country over another AND the lyrics perfectly correlated to the topics in the poem, such as slavery. Yet the slaves wrote a song about overcoming because God has the upper hand!
The best part of the night was talking with all the nice Sicilian girls in a gospel choir. It felt so good to understand and speak Italian with Italians. My sweet Roman friend Alessandro walked me home and I didn't get into bed until 2:30 am!!