Living in an area where many of the last names end in a vowel (Italian) can be very interesting. We have some of the best food in the world (says I) and it is our family’s job to get the Italian bread for family get togethers (our surrounds have the best bread bakeries). Since Himself was working, I had to do the early morning run. If you don’t go early you don’t get the best.
Living in the land of Tony*Soprano can be very amusing. The bakery workers were calling number thirty something and my little tag had 60 something so I had plenty of time to observe while I waited:
The men, young and old, tend to have a slow gate, a swagger, and lean slightly forward. One enters and sees how many people thereare ahead of him and is ready to leave when he sees a gumba, "Hey! How ya doin’?" as they shake hands. This scene took place at least half a dozen times in the twenty or so minutes I was there. Somehow the wait doesn’t seem as long when you have someone to chat with.
An elderly lady is carrying her coffee and croissant looking for a place to sit (it is also a cafe) when she hears, "Hey, Mrs. Baccagalupe!" (bah-cha-gah-loop-eh) She looks at him quizzically and he mentions how he knows her by naming some of her close relatives. He asks her to sit with him and kindly engages her in conversation even though she doesn’t remember him. Her dignitity was kept intact.
One by one the mostly teenaged girls working behind the counter call the next number on the board. No one is complaining (for the most part) and the wait isn’t as long as you would think. When my number is called, I place my order and, when served, am wished a Happy Thanksgiving with a smile.
My part of the country gets a bad rap sometimes. Sure, we tend to be a bit more impatient than less crowded places and sometimes we are so caught up with our thoughts that we tend to forget to smile. However, what I experienced in that bakery was like a village to me. We are mostly blue collar folk who love our families.
What’s your town like?
Bless you as you start the new week, g