|A shopping mall with a funky façade|
Funny story: I saw a box of underwear with a picture of a car on it, and since buying underwear with cars on it is something a mom like me has done in the past for a kid like mine, I went to pick one out. The largest size was 14, which is still too small for a high school senior... but Alexa thought maybe we should look and make sure. Good thing we did!
Back home, I had a flurry of packing and repacking my things into smaller containers as I prepared for my upcoming mini-adventure: an overnight to Naples and a trip to Pompeii. I would spend the night in their Rome studio and catch an early train.
She took me to the Metro and parked far from the entrance. As we walked, I noticed how quiet it was. A little eerie. But it felt so safe.
"Alexa, you parked so far away. Do you worry about crime?"
"There are pickpockets here, and thieves, but you don't hear news like you do back home," she said. "No one has guns here." We crossed a pedestrian bridge, and I could feel it in the cool night air. The absence of a certain kind of American fear.