Talk about a bit of a “fresh” stretch…
I was made in Italy. My mom and dad, both born there, brought me over to a U.S. hospital in one of the more unconventional ways. They arrived on Ellis Island in July and I was born in Newark, N.J. a few months later. As you might imagine, they spoke little to no English and I spent my formative years listening to and then speaking in Italian. This may seem like it has nothing to do with this week’s challenge, so a short explanation is due.
Because of the language and custom differences, I learned some things a bit differently than most American kids. I (and not due to bad parenting) was allowed to sip vino rosso at the age of four. I’m not saying I pitched a load, but I got a sip here and there. This probably attributed to my love of ova, both bianco and rosso. I, to this day say “gravy” instead of sauce. I have gravy on my pasta and pizza. Yum!
Here’s where the challenge comes in. If I ever had the audacity to disrespect my dad or mom, either in words or actions, I was told not to be cativa. Later, mom learned another word for cativa. Fresh! “Don’t be fresh!” “That’s fresh!” “I don’t like when you are fresh!” That one word has stayed with me for 60 plus years, and today I am still using “fresh” to mean cativa (or cativo if I’m referring to a male.) Enter, my grandson.
The adorable, but feisty three year old came up from Georgia this month with mom and dad, along with his 10 year old brother and 7 year old sister. Well, feisty got the best of him and he thought he could haul off and slug nona. Not gonna happen! So after a few “don’t be fresh”es, and “that was fresh”, someone landed in a fresh load of time out!
When it was all over, we talked a little. Mom and dad covered a few rules that should NOT be broken, and the consequences that come with disrespect. I hinted that I’d put him in Rocky’s cage the next time he was fresh. Apparently, he thought that was a reward and not a consequence.
He put himself in the cage and gave me a great big smile. I think he misunderstood “fresh” and “consequences”. I’ll have to try again. Maybe in another language.
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