FRIENDS never ask for food.
ITALIAN FRIENDS always bring food over.
FRIENDS will say “HELLO”.
ITALIAN FRIENDS:Will give you a BIG HUG and a KISS.
FRIENDS call your parents MR. and MRS.
ITALIAN FRIENDS call your parents MOM and DAD.
FRIENDS have never seen you cry.
ITALIAN FRIENDS cry with you.
FRIENDS will eat at your dinner table and leave.
ITALIAN FRIENDS will spend hours there talking, laughing,and just being together.
FRIENDS know a few things about you.
ITALIAN FRIENDS could write a book about with direct quotes.
Friends will leave you behind if that’s what the crowd is doing.
ITALIAN FRIENDS will kick the whole crowd’s ass that left you.
FRIENDS will knock on your door.
ITALIAN FRIENDS will walk right in and say,” I’M HOME.”
FRIENDS are for A WHILE.
ITALIAN FRIENDS are for LIFE.
FRIENDS will ignore this.
ITALIAN FRIENDS will like this and share this.
I ran upon this in my PILE of PAPERS and thought I would SHARE!
NOT that I’m ITALIAN by any stretch of the means but I do LIVE with one!
I remember way back in the beginning of OUR RELATIONSHIP I would ask, “Do I LOOK ITALIAN TODAY!?”
His answer was ALWAYS A FLAT” NO!!!”
I do SMILE when I read the above as it is SO TRUE…………….
I have been reading WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT by FRANCES MAYES.
I came across this and had to RE~READ IT!
TWELVE HOURS IN TUSCANY…………
When we moved on to our street 25 years ago the neighbors didn’t socialize nor did they know each other!
I found this VERY STRANGE being an AMERICAN who had just returned from 3 years in ITALY.Growing up we knew our neighbors even socialized and had them for dinner in the USA…….what had happened?With us came MORE new neighbors to the street and More children that turn things around pretty FAST!
Now, its quiet again……….I can go days without seeing a neighbor even MONTHS and we live maybe 20 feet from each other?!!Funny how we STAY OUT OF SIGHT and would prefer the people around us to stay at a DISTANCE.
IS THAT THE AMERICAN WAY?
I have TWO stories to share with YOU that are REAL.
AS they happened to me………….
I was on an airplane headed to ITALY with my two small boys and had two WOMEN from San Francisco sit in front of me.They gave me THE EVIL EYE and I think even ROLLED their eyes like I can not believe OUR LUCK!TWO SCREAMING KIDS sitting behind us on this 9 hour flight…….or was it 11 back than?
Traveling as a single parent I was concerned already and did not need any more STRESS!
Can I tell you my BOYS sat QUIETLY,watched THE MOVIE and went to SLEEP………….
NO SCREAMING or CRYING or kicking of the seat in front of them!
SO, THATS THE AMERICAN SCENARIO!
ON a flight from ROME to San Francisco I had TWO ITALIAN MEN sitting in front of me!
IN THREE PIECE SUITS………
ARGUING with each other over who was going to hold THE BABY!!!!!!
ASKing me if I needed HELP………..
THAT’s ITALIAN FOR YA!
THEY LOVE THEIR YOUNG and OLD……….
A Light BULB went off for me during these two instances as perhaps it’s a CULTURAL THING?
WE have A LOT TO LEARN from THE ITALIANS and we could HELP speed a few things up for THEM!
One strange thing was if you sealed an envelope it cost MORE for overseas instead; one was to tuck it inside.
My ITALIAN did this with a roll of film!!!!!
Of course, it NEVER ARRIVED!!!!!
Or if YOU sit in a CAFE in a chair the coffee or drink will cost MORE than if you stand at THE BAR!
The ITALIANS have THE BEST MILK I have ever tasted!
NO one drinks milk after 11 am……..
and NEVER ASKED for a CAPPUCCINO after 11 am!
Or you will get THE EYE ROLL!
JUST NOT DONE!
AIR CONDITIONING in the car will give you a BAD LIVER!
NO AIR-CONDITIONING EVER!
Lots of BUGS in ITALY but NO SCREENS on DOORS or windows.
Those long ropes or plastic strips you see in photos in front of doors are to keep the BUGS OUT!
One NEVER SUN BATHES Between noon and 3
The sun is too HOT,instead they go take a nap after a GOOD LUNCH!
Ripping the BASIL by hand makes it taste better than cutting with a knife!
SQUEEZE a Lemon on a steak and add a touch of salt!!!!!
IN THAT ORDER!
MAMMMA MIA is THAT GOOD!
TAKE MY ADVISE AND TRY IT!
Those are a few differences I learned being in the BOOT COUNTRY.
Do you have anything to ADD to the list?
Risotto with Fennel.
Ricotta Spinach & Mint Pie.
ALL recipes made from A TABLE IN VENICE.
I had my SECOND LUNCHEON this PAST SATURDAY!
I think it was a GRAND SUCCESS………..
You decide from the PHOTOS!
I had BRENDA fly in from TEXAS 1010 PARK PLACE and Juliet from @makemineaspritzer fly in from WASHINGTON STATE!The other GALS were LOCALS……..sort of, ONE drove from PACIFIC GROVE!!!!
I found these BOWLS in MY MOTHERS GIFT CLOSET when I moved HER!
I wanted to know WHY I HAD NOT RECEIVED THEM!??!!
POTATO SALAD before the MIXING!
The colors were SO PRETTY!
THE ITALIAN’S PLATTER!
IS DINNER SOON or are you going to make us WAIT?!!
WE have been HERE in the KITCHEN for HOURS!
Starting from the LEFT!
Brenda,Andrea,Karen,Shannon & Juliet!
EXCHANGING INFO on TABLETS…………
We are at THAT AGE where we write it on PAPER STILL than input into THE PHONE!
A TWO STEP Process rather than ONE!
JULIET looking radiant in a CAFTAN!!!!!!
ANDREA the MOST COLORFUL!
PLEASE NOTE BANKSY is keeping my place WARM!
THE PAVLOVA for the GRAND FINALE!
I made the base the day before and was worried about it but I think it was even better the DAY AFTER………..
Can anyone CONFIRM that THOUGHT?
ANY PASTRY CHEF’s OUT THERE?
Please ignore the arm of the chair!
I’m working on it!
Could HE be ANY CUTER?!!
as MY friend SARAH in AUSTRALIA calls HIM!
“HELLO BEAUTIFUL LADY IN THE CAFTAN!”
“GOT ANY FOOD YOU WANT ME TO TAKE AWAY?”
“Just put it down here below my nose and I will Find it!”
“THANK YOU SO MUCH…………HELLO TO JIM!”
YOU PUT A CAPTION TO THIS PHOTO!
This was between LUNCH and DINNER!
YES, I MADE HER STAY FOR DINNER!
She flew ALL the way from TEXAS and had US all a GAGA with HER STORIES…………..!!!
A BOOK BRENDA
A BOOK PLEASE!
The Dishes are Done and put away……..
Until the Next SOIREE……..
ALL ROSES FROM MY GARDEN!
Yes, you may GIFT me an old CIGARETTE VESSEL at ANY time as I collect them for this purpose!
They remind me of GARDEN URNS!