|A window at the Basilica di San Francesco.|
Wacky nap schedule meant that we went out right in the middle of pausa pranzo (which means every thing is closed and half the city is home eating a big lunch with their family), but the library was open and we had it almost all to ourselves.
A mom came in and told me it was her first time at the library. She said she didn't speak any English, nor did she understand any (She asked: Di dove sei? And I said: Sono Americana di Utah. The "Utah" part really threw her off. I tried explaining it was one of the 50 States, but ended up just leaving it at, Sono Americana. Basta!) but we communicated a bit.
Her daughter is the same age as Ada and was a little sick so she warned I should probably keep my daughter far away (Ada would have none of it. She's too social). I heard her ask the librarian where books for small babies are. He motioned towards the back of the room and I heard her say that that room doesn't have baby books in Italian, it only has books in Arabic and Chinese (it's true. Maybe the librarian was new?) She seemed frustrated, so I showed her a few of the books that Ada really likes. She asked if I come to the library every day, I said, "No, non tutti i giorni, ma due o tre volta per settimana." Then she followed up with, "Allo stesso tempo?" "Di solito un po' dopo."
Ada set a new P.B. and walked probably 30 feet to her favorite librarian (she got so excited, squealed, pointed at her, and then followed her finger all the way to the librarian with the jingly lanyard). The librarian asked her age again, and after I told her she said, "Presto, eh?" I replied,"Si. Tropo presto. Non sono pronto!" We both laughed as Ada toddled away.
Wah-lah! Practicing my Italian. It felt so good to use it (even though it is still so painfully limited).
Then we explored some place new: The Basilica di San Francesco.
|Basilica di San Francesco|
|A view across the central nave looking into one of the chapels.|
|The bell tower.|
|One of the many tombs for professors on the church grounds.|
There is truly power in a positive attitude.
Advent Calender Day 14: eating almond bars from the Christmas market
Christmas Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel by Sufjan Stevens