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Cane Italiani

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Here's another Italian dog. I'm still ill but trying to work the program here as well as I can.

I used to read a lot of Russian novels and characters have a habit of calling any old lady they happen to encounter "Mother" or "Mama"--the kind of old lady who gets called "Mamma" by strangers is typically a big-boned peasant woman for whom you have no respect but you make a vague condescending gesture to her extreme old age by not bludgeoning her, even though her cluelessness might dictate that you do so.

I was called "Mamma" twice in Italy--but strangers, of course. It was starting but oh so accurate: I am the quintessential "peasant mamma" who might still be squatting in a potato field in Eastern Europe. I suspect that at my age if I weighed 50 pounds less, I would be, not "Mamma" but "Madama" or "Signora".
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    Considering my heritage, I'd be squatting right there in the potato patch with ya. :)
    3326 days ago
    Hope you feel better soon! Love the pic of the dog...but then I am a dog lover, so I tend to ooh and ahh over any picture of one.
    3327 days ago
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