Now that the end of my trip is near, I realize the point of the sabbatical is not just the time spent while on sabbatical but also what comes after. It has a beginning but not an end and isn’t just about the 40 hours. It’s the start of a journey. I plan to continue to work on my Italiano and return to Italy. And while I may not have succeeded in my original intent to come to Italy and speak the language proficiently, I have experienced this beautiful country through the eyes of my children, with my parents in my heart and I may have walked along the very streets my grandparents did before coming to America. I am grateful.