Panetonne and remembrance
It brought back a vivid memory: our trip to Tuscany in 2001. It was during the winter post- 9/11.
We had been planning to go to Bangkok, but that seemed too far away at the time, so Italy seemed liked a good alternative. Americans weren't traveling that year.
On New Year's Eve, we were in Montepulciano, where the townspeople were out celebrating with panettone and champagne at midnight.
When they learned we were Americans, they said Americano! Americano! — sharing camaraderie and support. It was a remarkable experience.
We've been welcomed as Americans around the world.
It's the hope for the future and opportunity that our country represents, I think. I hope it continues.