Deborah Lewis is a Methodist minister who works with students at the University of Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and shouting words of praise and damnation while watching TV. We'll let her explain in this essay she recorded at our Charlottesville studio.
When I was eighteen, my cousin Umberto visited us from Italy. I sat in the passenger seat of Umberto’s rental car as he sped through a red light at a busy intersection in Hartford, Connecticut. I shrieked, “Stop. Stop. You’ve got to stop!”
Umberto smiled. “In Italy, red light is optional.”
Umberto wasn’t kidding. When my husband and I visited Tuscany last fall, we discovered that some Italians considered all rules of the road optional.