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What's For Dinner Silly Rabbit?
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Not much besides working and eating seems to happen in this town tucked away in the mountainside of Il Polino, so when the "Americans" arrive, it's a big deal and they all want to see you. My dad left his hometown to come to America when he was 21 years old - he's lived in America longer than in Italy - so he's considered the American. The funny thing is, when we are in America all he does is speak Italian; now we're in Italy and his English is so articulate, but I digress.
We walked the little streets of this village and every once in a while my dad would stop in front of a door or a church and tell me about something that happened there - which house he was born in, the spot his father caught him smoking a cigarette when he was seven, where he learned to be a carpenter, the church steps he and his friends sat on watching all the grownups taking their passeggiatta. Each story lit his face up a little brighter and it's a time with my dad I won't soon forget because it's a side of him I don't often see.
Article Published 10/26/10
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