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Soave Sia Il Vento

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

This past week, very good friends of ours left town to move back to their native England.  The family moved here about ten years ago following a job the husband had in a multinational organization with offices here in Washington D.C. area.  It was a temporary assignment, as they all knew from the start, yet ten years is an eternity, especially for their two young daughters, both of whom are now in high school, the oldest in her senior year.  It was a bittersweet farewell.  I realize it was difficult to be separated from their extended families for so very long with only infrequent visits to and fro, and yet I could see in their daughters’ eyes a hint of sadness to be leaving the many friends they have made while living here.

I suppose in the day and age of Facebook and other social media, it will be far easier to keep in touch and keep up with the goings on than in the past.  Still, I will miss them dearly.  As you depart for another world, I offer this sentimental passage to you, my good friends Jane, Richard, and to your lovely daughters Ashleigh and Carol.  Safe journeys  my dear friends…

Soave Sia il Vento

~W. A. Mozart (from the Opera “Cosi Fan Tutte)~

Lyric in Italian:

Soave sia il vento,

Tranquilla sia l’onda,

Ed ogni elemento

Benigno risponda

Ai vostri desir.

English translation:

May the winds be gentle

May the waves be calm

And may every one of the elements

Respond warmly

To your desire.


  1. September 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I’m sure they are looking forward, but they must be casting a fond, bittersweet glance back at their time and friendship with you and your family. How could they not? Such a sweet, heart-felt post, my friend.

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Thank you Lorna. We all realize this is a good thing, and yet the heart aches just a little with sentimentality. Smiles mixed with a few tears. Life in miniature.

  2. Margie
    September 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Sad to say good-bye, but on the upside, it is great to have good friends you can visit on distant shores!

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Yes Margie, we definitely look forward to just such visits. What better way to explore a distant Country than with friends who are native?

  3. September 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    A beautiful piece of music to follow beautiful sentiments. I’m sure they’ll return, one day; this adventure is not over… Lovely post, Phil… albeit rather sad.

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Thank you Carolyn. The piece is indeed both beautiful and melancholic at this passage in the Opera, when boyfriends are leaving distraught young women who don’t know when or if they’ll see their partners again. I remain far more optimistic in outlook.

  4. September 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    What a wonderful photo, Phil, to accompany your post: New Horizons for your friends. Talk about the “Blues” (in more ways than one).

    A lovely farewell to your friends and, as you say, in today’s world we are never out of reach. Sometimes scant comfort since the medium to physically share a drink or hug a friend hello and goodbye across the pond has yet to be invented. Though Concorde came close.


    • September 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Thank you Ursula. I took that photo from a cruise ship. I was struck by the deep sapphire blue color of the water that you don’t see from the shallower shorelines; your comment about the “Blues” is on the mark entirely! And I do have to agree there is little comparison between the virtual world and the real world counterpart when it comes to true physical contact such as sharing a drink and a hug.

  5. September 25, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Lovely photo! Must be so difficult for the kids to move back to what is almost a foreign country for them.

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Thank you Ladyfi. I took that shot while on a cruise to Bermuda a few years ago, just amazed at the deepness of the blue in the deep Atlantic as compared with the greener, more turquoise variety near the coastline. I do believe it will be the most difficult for the girls to adjust, as they’ve matured into teens from very young children on our shore here. The oldest is hoping to attend University here in the States. We’ll see what the future brings.

  6. September 25, 2012 at 2:29 am

    The words from the song are so perfect for them. It’s always sad to say goodbye to friends.
    But on the bright side you’ll have a place to stay should you visit England!
    A really lovely farewell post for your friends.
    Big hug, Nikki x

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Thank you Nikki. We do remain optimistic in our outlook, looking forward to visiting there, and for an occasional visit from them should they venture here on holiday.

  7. Androgoth
    September 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Never say goodbye Phil
    Time will see you together
    once again…

    A very nice but
    a tad melancholy 😦


    • September 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

      I am sure we will see them whenever we make it to your shores Androgoth. And when we do, I may have to swing by and pay a visit to your environs, as long as whatever wicked creatures you may unleash upon me, allow me to leave eventually… 😉

  8. September 27, 2012 at 1:43 am

    This post brings so many emotions to my heart. How sad goodbyes are, and how wonderful cherished friends are.

    • September 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Barb. The benefits of good friendships are always worth whatever heartache comes when we have to part. We are all the richer from time spent together.

  9. September 28, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Hi Phil

    I came here to thank you for re-blogging my piece and then I saw that the previous post was about “Soave Si Il Vento”, which I think is the loveliest piece of music ever written.

    I think you and I are going to get on.

    • September 28, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Hi Tinman. That’s a heck of a nice way to thank me! I do love all kinds of music, but I do have a special place in my heart for Mozart. Thanks for swinging by and peeking in.

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    October 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Very, very beautiful. Thank you for translating it.

  11. George
    May 26, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Hi! I do not know you Phil, but could not help writing this comment: selecting such a heavenly transcendental piece, coupled with your text which I coincidently came across, just shows the elevated, deep person that you are. Smiles mixed with tears (sometimes few and sometimes more than a few) is indeed life in miniature. Luckily, there exists heavenly music to lift our spirits regardless of the moment. George.

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