Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Fiction

Based upon a true story but I certainly did take liberties.... Apologies to all Franciscan scholars....

As she knelt on the cool, dewy-moist green grass she drew in a breath of spring air, expanding her lungs as she stretched in appreciation of the beautiful morning and the landscape before her.

In the distance, she heard the church bells ringing their lively prima, the daily first call of the faithful, the only alarm clock that would be in existence for centuries ahead. The people in her town, in every town in her region, in every region in her beloved country would have no need for anything more than the bells calling them to the first Mass of the day. They lived in fear of eternal damnation for such a grievous offense as not participating in this daily ritual. But today, Claire felt differently as she exited her home, slipping out quietly without waking her sleeping parents. Today, she was drawn from her doorstep, out onto the streets which led her to the outskirts of her town, high up to the top of what is now known as the Rocco Magiore.

Claire did not fully understand what was happening. Why was she so moved to her bravery, her utter lack of concern for the religious law of the land, her lack of fear of reprisal from her parents? She simply got up, followed what she felt in her beating heart, and made swift in her movements, not stopping until she reached this vantage point. From here, she had the most spectacular view of her town and as the morning fog lifted she could swear that she heard a voice…..resta qui…resta con mi….stay here, stay with me. “Am I dreaming?” She wondered if this was just another of the voices that she had been hearing of late. From where were they coming….resta con mi…..drifting in and out of her head.

Slowly, the fog lifted, allowing the most spectacular ray of sunshine to follow. Everything that she touched and looked at felt sweeter, brighter, radiance she had never before experienced. A new day presenting itself in a way so unique her breath was taken away. New feelings awakened in her causing her to be more awake, more aware of her surroundings. She was not frightened. Instead, she was feeling protected, warm. The thought of returning to her home remained far, very far. Nothing could lead her back down the little mountain. Her eyes remained fixed now. Her view, the center of her town, a little city actually, bustling with carts and wagons as the rumbled along unpaved streets. All around, she became aware of the cacophony of sounds. Sheep bleating, horses clip clopping, children laughing and running along. An everyday morning to all but her it seemed.

Amid all of the morning activity came a new sound. The sounds became louder and louder, filling the piazza below with an air of chaos, stopping all other sounds as passersby grabbed the children for fear that a madman was approaching. Was he singing? Was he shouting? Is he dancing or is he stupefied from drinking through the night into this otherwise perfect morning? Louder, louder, totally obliterating the calls from the street peddlers as they shouted out their offers of merchandise. Now, everyone stood in silence, most in fear as the man approached, whirling, twirling, shouting, and singing. Who was he?

“A religious freak” …..”he’s possessed by the devil”…..”Is he a madman?”….then suddenly, Claire recognized him. As she stood to her feet and started to walk down the mountain, her gaze remained fixed upon the man who was dancing with joy, shouting the words “God” “Love” and “praise” as he whirled and twirled. She recognized him as her good friend, the child she played with until he was too old for such things and too busy being the play boy rather than the play mate of their youth. Now she knew him as the son of wealthy parents, living the good life, showing off his good fortune. Could it be him? Her heart started to race, faster and faster as if it were a bomb about to explode in her chest. She enlivened her pace, briskly walking, now running toward the piazza in the Centro, and hoping to confirm the impossibility before her eyes. “How can this be” she whispered to herself.

Just then, the dancing, singing, shouting man in the expensive tunic lost his step and found himself on all fours in a puddle of water muddied by the early morning rain that has touched the grass upon which Claire had only moments before rested in quiet anticipation of what she did not know. Without missing a beat, he was once again on his feet, smiling, laughing, shouting “love, peace, joy”….over and over as more people began to recognize him and news spread rapidly throughout the crowd like a wave crashing at the seashore…….

By now, Claire was once again in the center of her town, not far from the doorstep of her home, herself amid the crowds of startled townspeople. From their own doorsteps, they tumbled onto the cobblestoned street, some rubbing their eyes as if they had seen an apparition or a dream sequence that they were trying to validate. Silence quickly replaced their gasps at recognition and disbelief of the vision before them. Some tried to subdue him in gentle ways. Others drew whatever weapons they could quickly devise as they attempted to beat him down but the more they tried, the less they were able and the apparent “madman” continued his flight down the street, smiling and shouting his songs of praise.

As Claire’s heart filled more, she too started to smile. She knew now why this day was special, why she has been called to the mountain top to await this extraordinary demonstration. Her friend was no ordinary man. Her friend was named Francesco, better known as Francis and from the beautiful town of Assisi, they both would travel on and one day they both would be proclaimed saints.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Stella! A PARTially True Story...

La Via e bella! Oh, I’m not too sure of that but for now, I’m safe and it appears that I am going to make it after all.

I was cold, oh so cold, and tired. My entire body was weary and oh so filthy. My once beautiful golden hair was matted, was that mud it was caked with? I was hungry, starving, in need of food, water and a warm bath. I don’t know how long I had been running, just wandering the countryside and I’m not sure of where I came from. Maybe somewhere in Umbria or even as far as Tuscany? My memory is a blur. I’m safe now and that’s all that matters…but for how long? Can I stay here? Will these people take care of me or do I have to start my run again?

The telephone has been ringing all day. The nice woman who found me outside near her home is relentless with that phone and seems to be talking about me. But who am I? I don’t remember. Think, think, think. As much as I try, I can’t so for now, I’m just going to rest in this nice bed, eat and drink the food she’s laid out for me, and enjoy life. I’ve been bathed and my hair is clean. My needs are few. There goes that phone again.

“Pronto. Si senora, ah perfetto. A due? Certo, certo. A presto”

Meanwhile, in Fabbri, a small suburb of Montefalco, Mark has just returned from a long day. His business is growing steadily and he’s a happy man. The idea that he and Giselle had two years ago, to take tourists out on all day wine tours has paid off. They’re booked months in advance.

Giselle is quite content to be the behind the scenes partner, taking reservations, fielding questions and making the business end of this joyful enterprise hum. Cooking is her forte. Wine is his. Together, meals at their home are a concert that always begs an encore. Their home is Umbrian. The rooms are large, the floors, tile. They have invested time and money into making this large rental what it is today beginning with Mark’s installation of its well-equipped IKEA kitchen down to the recent acquisition of a stufa which sits proudly in the middle of the house producing heat from tiny pellets. This was a tour de force if ever there was one. Ten service calls, six different technically challenged service men, and a host of differing opinions as to how to hook it up, how to keep it running. A multitude of Italian explicatives each time it shut itself down and now, finally, a warm house with a happy stufa doing its thing. A welcoming home, ready for visitors who at any given time will enjoy a great meal from Giselle’s garden bounty and a fantastic bottle of sangrantino. Home in Umbria, all is well.

On this particular day, change is in the air. “Darling, I phoned that woman in Trevi this morning”

“Oh, what did she have to say Love?”

“Well, she thinks she’s found what we have been looking for”

“Are we really ready to have a permanent houseguest Gis”

“Mark, I’m so ready. I think we both need this. All this extra room should be doing something for us. All of our friends here do it. You’ll see, once we all get acquainted, we’ll soon become a family. It’s too late for a baby Mark. “

“Are you sure you have the time and energy Gis. I mean with the business, the garden, the cooking and your blog…..”

“She can be by my side in the garden Mark and meal preparation has never been a problem. Remember Darling, I did own my own cafĂ© in Cornwall before you came into my life and we took off for this great adventure in Italy!”

“Okay, night bird, you can take care of business details after she’s asleep. Might as well continue to use some of that energy that you have. Let’s talk more tomorrow. “

Morning comes softly and sweetly in Umbria. From Mark and Giselle’s, one can see the sun rising from the back bedroom of the house. It sets in the front, giving a spectacular show through the lounge windows. A whisper of a fog drifted, followed by a brilliant ray of sun. No need for an alarm clock. The rooster outside the front door does that job. The cat stretches and hops up on the bed, nudging….I’m hungry, let’s get the day started.

“Good morning Darling”

“Good morning Love”

“Well, have you decided?”

“Well, have you?”

“I decided yesterday, as soon as I made that call to the woman in Trevi. In fact I called her just moments after Letty called me to tell me the news. I think I had already made up my mind before I hung up from her call”

“Okay Love. I’ll make the coffee and you make the call. Off we go.”

“Oh, thank you My Sweet Mark…..I can’t wait. It will be good; I promise we won’t regret this”

“Our lives are going to change, GIs. But we are ready. We’re ready to become the Three of Us so let’s do it”

Trevi is a short drive from Fabbri. With each kilometer, the day brightened. The GPS voice seemed especially cheerful as the nice lady inside the box guided the excited couple along the way to their destination where they were greeted by the owner, Senora Lidia Brigolante. After the requisite “permisso”, they entered the home, hearts beating rapidly with anticipation.

“She’s in the kitchen, just finishing her breakfast. It almost seems like she senses your arrival and she is a bit nervous but she’ll be fine. They always are after they meet their new parents”

Here they are. They look friendly; I think I might be able to actually like them. A new beginning. Calm down so that they don’t think you’re too wild. Time for good impression. I’m going to wag my tail as hard as I can…..Jump up, there I go….lick the lady’s face, lap, lap, lick, lick, wag.

“OH MARK……..I’m in love!!!!”

In the car… we go to La Dolce Vita. Woof Woof. Life is beautiful!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Inhale, Exhale

To every thing, thing, thing, there is a season.
Today is the first day of spring and a new season.
I'll be back soon to report of the buds of ideas that are currently filling my mind. Soon.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Free Friday

My Nook e-reader allows me to take advantage of Barnes and Noble's "Free Fridays" and this morning, I did just that. A free book will magically be downloaded to my very own reader. Free.
I have no idea of what the book is about nor do I know if I will like it, but the idea of a "Free" day was so appealing. For the past month plus, I have been getting up and out for my beloved writing class on Friday mornings. Not today! The college is on Spring Break and there is no class. So, I am "free" today. It feels great. I don't have to rush off to anything or do anything that I don't want to do.
The word "free" for the most unfortunate of reasons, instantly brings another word to my mind, "guilt". My mother is sick. Very sick. Not quite but not far from, terminally ill. My father is well. A healthy 90 year old. He takes very good care of my mother but can't do it all. He's lousy with food shopping and putting groceries away in the correct places. He has to be "watched". Earlier this week, I did Mom a favor and went over when they were out to clean her refrigerator. In it I found dry goods, things that belonged in the closet, not the refrigerator. Would be funny if it weren't so sad at this time. My mom was grateful when I told her that I relocated some food, in the slim chance that she might be mobile enough to actually cook. She knows my father does this yet she does not correct him. Neither did I. If we correct him, he might stop doing what he does for her and we can't take that chance. So, from now on, I'll sneak over to the fridge and take a peek. I don't always like what I see. Food not eaten. What are they eating anyway? Nothing.
The problem is huge. They need help but they don't think they do. I can't do much for them yet there is so much that I can do. Can't visit because I have a hard time coordinating my time with my mother's "good" times. Most of her time is spent in the bathroom or recovering from her lengthy toilet stays. If I go later, they're tired and it's time for their ritual TV viewing. I value my hearing and want to preserve it for as long as I can and know that their TV volume puts that notion in jeopardy so I refrain from visiting. Guilty as charged. I'm a nurse and will always be a nurse. Nurses make assessments, exchange ideas with their colleagues and their patients. That's what we do. We look, we think, we comment. We don't always get thanked nor do we always hit home runs in the field of intervention on behalf of our patients, our loved ones, our most precious charges. Ours is not an easy lot, we always teeter on the edge of good judgement but we can't not try.
Today might very well be the day that I work harder than I have ever before as a nurse. The day that I convince my mother to convince my father that it's time to let me help. Today might be the day that I start nursing, once again employing all of the things I have ever learned about communicating with my patient and my colleagues. Today I might teeter on the edge of sound judgement, knowing that I may not win my case and that I might have to suffer the consequences of having taken that step.
Free Friday? Only at the Barnes and Noble website. Not for me, not for many more Fridays.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Quando, Quando, Quando

I've started again.....Italian language classes. Its not that I have not been trying since God knows when. But this time I am really TRYING. I have a new teacher, Roberto. He's been teaching adult ed here in town for a number of years. His students love him. They learn things. They can speak Italian. He's not the greatest personality. He doesn't have the bravado and effusive personality of my last teacher who for two years wowed us all with his stories and his gift for making us understand the words. But he could not TEACH me how to speak. Now, I am not exactly what one would call "stupid" but grammar was never one of my strong points. Neither was paying attention. My strongest point in my years of schooling was "daydreaming" and "planning", not the lesson at hand, not the homework, not participating. Didn't have to. The kids with the strong points of "listening" "participating" and studying did all the work for me. Never make eye contact with the teacher. That much I learned fairly quickly. Pretend you're interested, change your facial expression.....Not the way to learn a new language, especially at my age of 64. But, as the Italians say, "quando?" Okay, so it's time for me to turn to my Italian/American dictionary. I have to go look up the word for "now"......
A presto!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sad, but True, but Not So Sad

I have this little widget that tells me if anyone is visiting my blog and it tells me that absolutely,positively,nobody but myself is reading. Now, that could be construed as being very sad and disappointing but in my case, it is not. Instead of using the "750 Words" site, I can now use my little sad blog as a safe place to exercise my brain and use the skills I am in the process of acquiring.
I can write about anything that I wish to. Secrets that are trapped in my brain, creative thoughts that never-wise come to fruition. I don't have to make any sense, need not create a powerful opening sentence or a dramatic, twist of fate wrap up. No audiences to wow. No teacher to criticize and correct. Only me, myself and spell check. How lucky can one aspiring amateur writer be?

Last year, a friend was kind enough to do us a favor that required lots of physical work and stamina. Each year, this friend orders four pallets of pellets for a stove which sits in the dining room of her home. When the season is over, and the pallets are empty, she takes them to the dump. Last spring, I had a brilliant idea. " Can we have the pallets?" I begged. "We can use them to make a dock down at the pond". Before one could say "that's a ducky idea", she and her very strong and able son in law had loaded them onto his truck, drove them over, and deposited them onto our then patio. Joe was not happy. He had not ordered the pallets and could not envision what I had, the little dock, all set for two beach chairs. Wine in hand, we would soon be sitting at the shore line, enjoying an afternoon watching the ducks and the gentle movement of the pond. I had "pretty" on my mind. He had "how do I get these out of here" on his.

Well, before long, Joe did get tired of the pallets on the patio and one by one, he dragged them down to the pond and randomly laid them down. No pattern. Not the vision I had. Just there.
The summer quickly passed. We moved to the top floor apartment. Packing, moving, unpacking, relaxing at the beach. Time slipped away and not once did I take the short walk down to the pond. The view from our new place is a spectacular one of the pond. No need to actually go down there, I can see it all from up here. I can see the pallets, strewn at the shoreline.

Spring is arriving early this year. We've moved, unpacked,spent a lovely winter in our new apartment. The entire pond is now as familiar to me as the back of my hand but the first real spring like day was too good to ignore. After a walk around the neighborhood on that glorious afternoon, I suggested that before going back indoors, we walk down to have a look at the pond.
A little burst of spring fever, a spurt of energy, and the four pallets soon were pulled together, in a lovely square, ends meeting, carefully lined up into what now appears to be a "dock". How fancy of us. A tiny fish pier steps away from our house. A few minutes of clearing dead brush and tree limbs and the area now became a "landing". Plenty of room for two chairs and maybe even a little outdoor hold a bottle of wine. We're ready now.

As we walked back up the stairs, we turned around to see our handiwork. Well done. Quack, quack.....coming to our dock, gracefully paddling in formation, our duck friends. They were coming to inspect, perhaps to approve of our work and let us know that good times were ahead.
We were pleased and amused at their gesture. Friendly birds. We came back upstairs and later that same afternoon, I looked down at the pond, admiring what we had recently created and to my complete surprise and utter delight, I watched no less than 24 ducks, all in a straight line, one behind the other, leap out of the water, onto the dock and up the stairs. The line, unbroken, took them to our back yard and across the lawn to another neighbor's bird feeder. Now, the line broke. No longer in formation, the ducks gathered around the base of the feeder and found their own feast. As they pecked around and stayed so long, it became apparent that there was a lot of feed on the ground, lots of refreshments.

So, spring has almost arrived and we're all set. We have our new place, they theirs. I doubt that ducks drink wine and I doubt, seriously, that you might find Joe and I pecking around the base of a feeder, but we're all getting happier every day. Bring it on Spring!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday's Class

Tom, you’re alive!!! “ The words fell out of my mouth as if they had been too many gigantic jelly beans.

Before me stood Tom Cahill. Young, healthy looking, sporting his neat white shirt, understated blue tie, and beige tweed sport coat. Always dressed impeccably, ready for his client meetings. Tom Cahill, R.N., the father of three, one still a very young baby. Tom Cahill, the nurse who did us all proud by carving his way into the corporate world, hired by a major company as a “consultant”. The very sound of that word, at that time in my life, rang bells in my head and before me I saw fireworks in the sky. A man, a registered nurse, a consultant. A friend indeed, in an enviable position. That angelic, clean scrubbed face and lovely warm personality were parts of what made Tom a welcomed team mate. Tom, very much alive.

Our professional relationship began when Tom and his work associate, Maria, became part of the team that was sent by their consulting firm as my company was in the process of selecting a Disability Management firm, one that would revolutionize the way that the Colgate Palmolive Company handled non-work-related illness and injury. Together, we would formulate a plan of action and interview several companies, based on criteria selected by our consultants. We met often as a work group.

Mine was a somewhat lonely, beautifully decorated office. My building, headquarters for one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, was located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, on Park Avenue, directly across the street from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. One could not ask for a better location or a better view from the company cafeteria. My office was actually a suite of rooms, each dedicated to some aspect of corporate health and wellness. If the rooms were all fused together, truth be known, I had a bigger space than did the Chairman of the company but he had more windows and he had many more co-workers. I had a huge budget, all of the most up to date medical equipment, a lovely new ergonomic work station and a gracious waiting room for my clients. Behind my work station was a room that was designed to my specifications. It was called the “Personal Program Room”, a mini spa, complete with massage chair, room darkening blinds, and tinkly music. One could use the room for praying, dancing, exercising or simply taking time out to “chill” during an otherwise stressful work day. Two clinical rooms down the hall, another beautifully equipped room with a work station for the visiting physician and two “resting” rooms down a short corridor….but only one, solitary nurse.

The dubious distinction of being “THE” company nurse came with a few drawbacks. It was I who answered all of the emergency calls, and with no less than one thousand people in the building at any one time, there were quite a few each month. It was I who had the job description that carried the implied duty of “never losing my cool” and always being ready to soothe the crowds should there be a major catastrophe, real or perceived. All by myself….

So, the presence of another health professional in my workplace, if only for the duration of a meeting once a week or month, was a source of great pleasure. Tom filled the bill more than adequately.

“Come on in Tom, sit down. I’m so, so very happy to see you. I was so worried about you”

Thank you. Believe me; I’m also very happy to see everyone”

“ Do you feel like talking about it Tom. If you don’t its okay”

No, they told us it was good for us to talk about it. We still have regular group meetings”

Tom asked me for a piece of paper and a pencil and sat down on the visitor chair beside my free-formed desk. I closed the door and put up the “Treatment in progress. Please do not disturb unless it is an emergency” sign.

Slowly and purposefully, Tom started to draw a square on the paper. Along the sides of the square, he drew smaller squares.

So, here’s my story” he began.

I was at my office, preparing a presentation for the next day, working later into the night. I was starting to get tired and knew that I had to meet up with the rest of my team in the lobby of the building the next morning, so I called car service, boxed up all of my hand out materials, and scheduled an email to arrive early the next morning at my office in New Jersey”

“Oh, that’s right, now I remember, you live closer to the New Jersey office than the New York office, don’t you?
“Correct, I only live a few miles from the office, so close that I did not even turn my car radio on as I drove in”

Oh, Tom, I have a feeling I know what’s coming next…..”

“When I arrived at the office, ready to print out my materials and head to meet my team members, I was greeted by office assistants who looked at me and screamed, started crying out, telling me that they were receiving an email that stopped abruptly during its transmission”

Tom sighed, took a deep breath, and quietly went on

“I had not yet heard the news but they had. Already in a state of panic, my incoming email, from my office on the one hundred and first floor of the North tower of the World Trade Center caused several of my Marsh McClellan coworkers to fall down into a fetal position”

Taking pencil in hand, Tom started to inscribe a series of little X’s, filling in boxes in what I soon understood was a diagram of the building’s northeast corner.

“This is where Mary sat, and this is where John sat and this is where Phil sat, and this is where Cathy sat, right there where the nose of the plane entered the building. And this, this is where I sat, right next to Ed’s office. I would have been sitting there had I not packed it in at 11pm on the evening of September 10th.”

Three hundred and thirty two of Tom’s co-workers, including their solitary “company nurse” perished that day. I often wonder how well she kept her cool.

Festa delle Donne

Yesterday was a big day for the women in Italy. It was the Festa delle Donne, "womens' Day" the Giornata Inernationale delle Donne, a day when all women are honored for who and what they are and have done. In Italy, a simple branch from the mimosa tree is given, almost as a valentine,to women, by people who love them, admire them, or simply want to acknowledge their presence.
The mimosa is a beautiful sign of spring, a branch with many, many yellow blossoms. The delicate blossoms hold on to a much stronger branch. This conjures up an image. The strong branch,the family,with all of its history, its good memories, its bad memories. The family that one cannot chose. The foundation. The delicate flowers represent to me those things which so many women balance on the branch, every day of their lives. As each of the delicate flowers hangs in trepidation on the branch, so do so many of the challenges that women have before them. Birth of a child, household management, illness, death of a loved one, tears, laughter, education, support, sleepless nights and self-deprivation.
Oh, I know so many women who are skilled in the art of self-nurturing. A lot of them have never had a child of their own, some not even a mate. Self-nurturement is an art, not something to be criticized by any means. Some of us are able to learn it and use it, while others fail miserably in their attempt.
A lot of the great women I know have not been given the opportunity to indulge in the art of self-nurturement. Some have lives that are filled with childcare, children who will never grow up mentally and will always need their "mommies". Some have lives filled with personal tragedy, personal illness or a sick or disabled child or family member, a spouse who clings to her for life.
Some of my friends have been stay-at-home moms, others have had great careers. A lot of my women friends are talented. Art, music, writing, home decorating, public speaking, the list goes on and on. I am in a state of constant awe, never at a loss for being blown away by these ladies.
So, to all of the women I have been so very privileged to have met in my life, and to all of the women who are out there, "doing their thing", keeping the mimosas blooming, Auguri! Best wishes! And a million thank yous for being who you are.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Baby Lessons

You know what they are, a lot of you have them. They’re the reason for believing that life truly can be beautiful. They are the little folks who do their noble best to keep us honest, humble and ensure that our treasure chest of fun memories is kept full. They’re Toddler grandchildren.

It was a pleasant post-season Sunday afternoon, we nearing completion of a babysitting weekend and with not-quite-three-year-old Lucy in tow, we're headed for the Hyannis dock area.

Always on the lookout for ways to both educate and amuse my first born wonder child I coaxed her out of her car seat

“Lucy, let’s take a walk over to look at the boats”

No hesitation, out she sprang and off we walked, hand in hand

“These are called fishing boats”

“Where do they go Nonni?”

“They go out to the sea, look, way out there”

“What do they do out there?”

“Well, there are fishermen on the boats and they catch fish”

“How do they do that Nonni?”

She looked up at me with those big green eyes, ones that had just recently evolved to the color that they will be for the rest of her life, big like her mommie’s, full of trust and expectation. My own little captive audience. Now I knew that a full explanation was required. Let’s make this a real learning experience.

“Lucy, do you see the nets, those ropes that are tied to the side of the boat? Those are what they use to catch the fish. The fisherman come to the boat, get inside, drive the boat out to the sea and when they are there, they drop the nets into the water”

Full speed ahead, Nonni, you’re getting better at this teaching moment every second. She’s getting it!

“How do they know there’s fish in the nets”

“Well, they do it all the time so they can tell” How the heck do I know, I suddenly realize. Okay, you’re doing fine, she’s a bright kid, just keep talking. She’s learning about a bit of Cape Cod, her mother’s legacy…..

“What happens next Nonni?” She cocks her little head to one side and looks up to me

“When they have all of the nets full of fish, they bring them in on their boat, back to the place where the boat is now” Okay, it’s getting cold out here…..I have to wrap this up soon

“Then what happens?

“Well, the truck from the supermarket comes to the dock and the fisherman put the fish into the truck”

“Where does it go Nonni?”

“The truck takes the fish to the supermarket”

A hesitation….the little wheels are turning, I can almost hear this magnificent toddler brain as it makes sense of all of this. Full circle, she now understands the food chain. So, why the scrunched up little face, the face that signals, there’s something that I really DON”T understand……

“Nonni, how do they know what to buy”

“ Huh? Who sweetheart?”

“The FISH Nonni. How do they know what to buy when they get to the supermarket??”


Time has passed, all too quickly I’m afraid. Fast forward three years

Lucy, who is this Taylor Swift person”