Today I was late for parent-teacher meetings at my daughter’s school and I came flying out of the office and down to Piazza Colleggio Romano and was heading to the bus stop on Rome’s Via del Corso when this violet vespa stopped me short. I pass that corner several times a day, coming and going from work, or heading to the coffee bar for my morning cappuccino, but in all these years of passing that corner, I have never seen a violet vespa. What struck me even more than the fact that it was violet, was that it was parked right under the sign that said “Strada Senza Uscita”, Dead End.
Somehow that violet vespa conjured up for me an image of a carefree, frivolous young woman on her violet vespa, who ran into a dead end and just stopped right there, parked the vespa in a cobblestone patch and walked on without a worry. I almost expected to see some Audrey Hepburn type flitting around nearby.
Ah, just give me a violet vespa, and maybe all my worries will disappear.