"Yep. She's waiting for me across the street" I'm in elementary school and I get off the school bus. I see my my mom standing across the street like she always did waiting for me by herself.
I notice the boy who asked me look around and I smile to myself.
"Where?" he asks
"Right there." I nod in her direction.
I hesitate wondering if I should point out the obvious. I do.
"She's kinda the only person across the street."
"Oh, okay." He shook his head smiling to himself probably realizing his mistake.
"I always thought your mom was tall, blond, and had blue eyes."
"Nope. That's my Dad."
When I was little I looked just like my Dad but somewhere around adolescence people who knew my parents would look at me and say "You look just like your Dad" and then pause. I knew what their pause or slight reservation meant. The pause meant that I looked just like my Dad except for certain features. One feature in particular, my nose. My nose is a slightly larger then a normal nose. It was a unique feature that I never tried to hide or be ashamed of, because there was no reason. My mother was 90-95% Italian and therefore, I was Italian. My nose or "Roman profile" as I sometimes refer to it, is a source of that pride.
Being Itaian gives me a sense of pride and regality based on Ancient Rome (History of Ancient Rome) and the Holy Roman Empire who once conquered and ruled the world. The Italian culture is based on having confidence in oneself. A Sophisticate who is Italian has a dominating spirit coupled with a loving nature.
"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical." Sophia Loren
A Sophisticate who is Italian is comfortable in her own skin. She embraces her flaws and utilizes them to her advantage. Her passion and confidence can be misconstrued at times for aggressiveness yet, this takes the form of ambition when she is focused on her goals. A Sophisticate who is Italian loves... loves food, love people, loves God, loves her friends, loves fashion, loves love, and ultimates loves whatever makes her happy.
"If you haven't cried, your eyes can't be beautiful." Sophia Loren
What makes most Italian women so intimidating or special is she is direct. She seeks and speaks the truth. Unapologetic (A Sophisticate Never Apologize) she is honest with herself and therefore believes others deserve the same courtesy.
"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life" Sophia Loren
A Sophisticate who is Italian is resilient (A Sophisticate is Resilient). Her residency allows her to be passionate towards aspects of life that make her happy sometimes allowing her to make mistakes. Her resiliency allows for a passionate, loving, fierce, and unapologetic nature. What makes a woman who is Italian a Sophisticate in the 21st Century is that she is unapologetic about herself, flaws, mistakes, and all. In the end, she is direct, and passionate when it comes to being her true self, pursing what she truly desires life, thus, making her a "true Sophisticate". ;D