my host family is watching “desperate housewives” dubbed into italian and man oh man this show is crazy. there have literally been three kidnapped people in this episode, not to mention the one coma, one divorce, tag sale gone horribly wrong, and the crowning baby almost suffocating during a living room birth
Lady: blah blah blah be saved etc etc the Lord blah blah blah
Lady: here take this book and read from it
Me: uh…i don’t….um….uh….read….italian.
Lady: …oh! you don’t read italian?
Lady: What other language? English? English?
Me: Another one.
Me: Thank you. *pretends to look embarrassed about lack of reading skills while continuing down the block holding a book written in a dialect that predicates more than a basic understanding of the italian language*
This afternoon I was walking home from the bus, holding the novel I am currently reading (which is written in Sicilian dialect) when I came across two old women who were proselytizing for their particular branch of Christianity a block away from the apartment building where I’m staying. I made eye contact with one of the women, who then launched into a very spirited and well-rehearsed discussion of how I could be saved, encouraging me to read from her outstretched Bible. The only way I could think to get out of it was to say, “Non posso….uh……” I fished around inventively, as if I were really struggling for a word I had just learned. “….leggere l'italiano.”
This deviated the woman from her spiel but she quickly picked up: “Non leggi l'italiano? Quale altra lingua? Inglese? English?”
I managed to look queasy and say, “…un….un'altra…uh….grazie,” at which point I felt free to leave, clutching my Camilleri novel and smiling apologetically.
And so, Dubious Life Achievement #8 is baldly lying to my elders by denying the entirety of the reason why I’m here in Italy in the first place. Well done, Gina.
Sometimes I forget how much work I’ve done at SLC. I went back this morning and read all of my evaluations (i.e., my collection of self-esteem -boosting letters) and I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot already.