As a child, I remember my father pouring over the Daily News, our area’s newspaper. Every evening, as ours wasn’t a morning edition, he’d sit in his easy chair, newspaper in hand. Slippers on his feet. For some reason, red flannel plaid slippers come to mind. Though I’m sure he had other kinds through the years.
I’m more of a newspaper skimmer myself, rarely reading a full article unless it really catches my interest. Maybe I was really just ahead of the times. Already prepped for the days of internet surfing, before they even invented it. Imagine that!
Yet I like newspapers, and I’m glad they’re still strong here in Italy.
(Unlike what I read about the USA, where people mostly read them online.) Not only do many people here still buy them from the local newstand, but most coffee bars stock copies of the daily issues. Read or skim the news while sipping your espresso, brioche (pastry) in hand. Coffee bars and newspapers. They just go together in Italy!
But did you know you can’t subscribe to an Italian newspaper and expect to have it delivered by a paper boy?
And perhaps that’s why most people read them at the local bar. Otherwise, they have to get one from the local news stand. And since they’re already stopping for coffee, why stop twice? These stands are usually chiosks along the side of the street or in a parking lot. And they stock not only newspapers, but magazines, puzzle books, bus tickets, candy, lottery tickets, and even some DVD’s and gift items! Sometimes the owners will provide delivery to your home, but that’s usually done more as a personal favor.
With the advent of newspapers online it is now possible to subscribe directly from the newspaper itself, choosing between a paper copy or a digital issue. But most Italians simply grab a copy at their local coffee bar and read while they drink. Most of them stock at least one or two papers for their clients.
The clever paintings on the windows of this news stand, below, come into view once they’ve pulled the shutters down for nighttime closing. Cool, right?
Yes I’m glad newsspapers are still strong here. Yet a part of me says, “Too bad. Online reading saves our beautiful trees.” Although dead computers and all their parts contribute greatly to pollution. So perhaps that’s not too logical…
Though still the greater part of me also says, “Good, because some things should stick around.” In love with change, I’m far from a traditionalist. Give me new faces, experiences, and places. New things to see and do.
But it’s funny how one little word brings thoughts from the past. Unexpected thoughts, flitting in with a warm cozy and feeling that beckons, “Come and stay a while.”
Like dad in his red flannel slippers, reading The Daily News. Steaming cup of coffee in hand. Relaxing after a long, hard day’s work. Working to bring his family a good life, while also checking up on the world at large.
No, I don’t read the newspaper. I’m still a skimmer, jumping from one thing to the next. But I hope there will always be a place in this world for dads in red flannel slippers, newspapers in hand. Bringing help, love, and hope to this needy world. Don’t you?