Amare | To Love
Amare is the Italian infinitive of the verb ‘to love’. Fittingly, this was the first Italian verb I learned to conjugate. It's fitting because my surname is partially constructed from this very present tense verb. Amo literally means I love. Deo means god. Amodeo. I love god. [Edit: I’m an atheist.] So my surname is both a proper noun and a full sentence, complete with subject, object, tense and verb. I’m rather proud of the grammatical dexterity tucked neatly into those six little letters.
In this world of sewing and knitting I describe myself as an amateur, but I don't see this as a pejorative term. The French meaning of amateur and the Italian amare both stem from the same Latin root, and is a root based in describing forms of love. In French, amateur literally means 'one who loves, lover'. So I am a proud amateur—or perhaps amatrice!—in this world of sewing and knitting and making, doing it for the love of putting some strange and disparate shapes together in a way that means they turn into an object of use and beauty: two contrasting and mismatching curves magically become a set in sleeve; a single line (of yarn) becomes a blanket; a present tense verb becomes a metaphor for joy.
Io sono una amatrice; amo fare.