Sitting in the only WiFi Hot Spot in the city of Taormina, the Osteria of Taormina. Nora and I arrived yesterday and we have had an amazing day! It is surprisingly HOT today…feels like it’s in the 90’s. Perhaps it reached 100 today? We took a long hike to the mountain top of the town Castel Mola where my friend Riccardo lives. He and his family own a pizzeria and they are the warmest, most beautiful people I know here. We had a great time visiting them.
I will tell of our adventure in photos. We have all of tomorrow here and then on Thursday we make our way to our home village of Grotte where we will be coddled by our aunts, uncles, and cousins!
It is taking a long time for the side show to download…meanwhile, a funny story. Nora and I were just reminiscing about the time I was in my parents’ village of Grotte visiting my dad’s first cousin, Ballasaro (that’s Baltazar in English, one of the three kings). My dad’s family is a bit on the serious side, unlike the Licata side (ma’s family) who are sort of wild, crazy, and funny. I was visiting my dad’s family with Rick when this incident occurred…my dad’s cousin’s wife asks me during a silent moment (in front of her whole gigantic family), “Ma, niente c’insignasti a to maritu di lu sicilianu?” “But, haven’t you taught your husband any Sicilian???” Of course, Rick wanted to know what she just asked and so I translated for him. Before I could say another word, he proudly said what little Sicilian I have taught him:
Pirito, Piriti, Pirita, Piritamo, Piritaro, Piritano
(Basically, much to the shock of all present, Rick just flawlessly conjugated “to fart” in the Sicilian dialect!). I got soundly scolded for teaching him such vulgar language, but the whole time, I was totally cracking up inside! Rick, it turned out, is an amazing student.. Perfect pronunciation, perfect conjugation!
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