Before becoming full time parents you (Rosella) used to do brass work and you (Stefano) used to do computer, stone work and music, - do you still plan to go back to that once Namoi is older?
How and when did you come to Auroville and what made you decide to stay here permanently?Rosella: I came to stay in 1989 for good and before that I went regularly back and forth to Italy, but '89 was when I really settled down. Before I heard about Auroville, I was looking for something completely different form life in Italy and then I came across a book from Satprem and I felt connected with what he was saying, and then I came to Auroville.
Stefano: I came in '81 by foot. Even before I knew about Auroville I was dreaming about a sort of utopian society. Then I came to know about Auroville and it was like "this is sort of what I was dreaming about". I came here to see what it was like, and then went back to Italy to finish off all the things that I had been doing before.
What did you do in Italy before coming to Auroville?Rosella: I was doing all sorts of odd jobs, like working as a secretary in a big harbour.
Stefano: I was working in a pepper factory.
Do you enjoy your life here and have no regrets or wishes to go back to Italy and stay there?Rosella: No, no, no, uh…I find it a big challenge sometimes here and very difficult, but I never thought about going back to Italy.
Stefano: No, not all, I always have a lot of problems when I go back to Italy and that's once in a while.
You both are artist parents, would you like Namoi to follow your footsteps or do you want her to have a freedom of choice, like most AV kids have?Rosella: Freedom of choice.
Stefano: We want her to become lawyer (!). No, I just want her to blossom and do what she wants.
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