Mozzarella Mamma Blog Readers, I was looking forward to completing a blog post today on Italy’s Tiger Mamma, but my plans were foiled when I got called into work to cover a press conference by Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Monti announcing his new austerity measures that are supposed to pull Italy back from the brink of economic self-destruction and keep the Euro from disintegrating. So at eight o’clock this evening I found myself sitting in a press conference listening to Monti and his ministers describe how it is going to be done. The most dramatic moment was when Monti turned over the floor to his Minister of Labor and Welfare, Elsa Fornero. She began to lay out decisions they have made on how to change Italy’s pension system. She seemed to me to be straight-forward and matter-of-fact until she said, “”we had to — and, yes, this cost us psychologically, ask for a sacri…..” and then she scrunched up her face, turned away from the microphone, put her hand to her mouth and began to cry. Prime Minister Monti finished her sentence for her adding, “I think you all understood she wanted to say ‘sacrifice.'” Yes, we had understood. All of Italy has understood. It is time for sacrifice and it hurts to hear it.
Because the press conference was delayed, I was asked to rush down to Rome’s super-chic Via Condotti and film people Christmas shopping and ask them how they thought the austerity measures might affect their holidays. It was uplifting to see the streets were packed with people. We filmed two couples eyeing the diamonds and sapphires in the window of Bulgari. They had quite a chuckle when I asked them if they were thinking of buying anything. I interviewed two young women checking out a spectacular gown in the Armani window (one of them Natasha, told me she wouldn’t have had enough money to buy it even before the economic crisis). A school teacher I interviewed said what I suppose we all know, “you don’t need money and fancy gifts to make Christmas special, just look around you, you can feel the spirit of Christmas.”
My post on Italy’s Tiger Mamma is coming soon.
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Trisha is a TV journalist working for AP TV News in Rome. She is married to an Italian and is a Mamma of three.