In a snap of fingers we went from a hectic life – who knows if it was really necessary – to an immobile life, locked up in our homes. Now, we don’t know if it happened to you, because it happened to us, but we are thinking about the things we need to spend a nice evening with friends.
Well yes, we are really thinking about friends, we are daydreaming, we are already looking to the future, imagining ourselves sitting around a table set with the people we love, those who make us feel good. In this image of normality we realized that something is missing, a nice dinner service – for example – capable of welcoming not only good food but also the pleasure of sight. And maybe a new glass service, the ones we wanted to buy for a long time but that in the end, we never bought because it was more the evenings we spent in the restaurant than at home.
We have the feeling that everything will not return exactly as before, after the storm. We have the feeling that the house will regain a primary role in our life and in that of our relationships. Probably the scale of the priorities will come out modified, we will probably fill life with fewer things, fewer commitments, paying more attention to the quality of the choices, in every area. Quality over quantity.
This is a challenge that undermines our existential and psychological order at the root, it is a challenge that will put us to the test, in the coming months, on many fronts. But like any challenge, it is an unrepeatable opportunity to redesign, with a deeper awareness, our time, that time that we have always chased without being truly the interpreters.
When the cities reopen, when you can go back to doing the simpler things, like walking on a Saturday morning, breathing with the sky above your head, we already have in mind what we would like to buy. We are thinking about the things that we lack and that we would like to share with others, because we are strongly convinced that the most authentic satisfaction is to live your home, in harmony and empathy, with your closest friends.
Two terms are running through our heads these days: “awareness” and “quality”. We want to be more aware of our actions, we want to buy fewer things, carefully evaluating our needs, while retaining the magical pleasure of beauty. We want to move the quality bar further upwards, if possible. The quality of relationships, the quality of objects, the purpose of which cannot and must not be a mere display but a shared well-being. And we want to start right from the table.
Fabrizio Caramagna writes:
“The table is a place of recognition and hospitality, and an experience of exchange. The table is the shortest way between the heart of two people. On the table you don’t just feed on food. We feed on each other. On the table you understand that you “exist” because you are loved and listened to. “
But who is coming to dinner?