Nona’s Truly Madly Ordinary Encounter

The glorious summer weather that was with us since last Friday is giving us a break today. It is still warm but cloudy, humid and heavy. Low clouds impair the visual of the horizon. With the weather, I am taking a break too. The past week has been long, and I am starting to feel the tiredness.
I barely had time to open WP or write, but I had a great time with my mom. She needed some rest and a change of scenery and came over for the week. Perfect timing as to when she arrived the travelling husband left. I won’t indulge in any sarcasm about that because she discovered google translate and occasionally reads the blog.
I am afraid this discovery of hers is going to put an end to my making irony about how much I have to clean before she comes. She can now read I don’t clean behind my couch and toilets every day. In the same way, she might discover that the bag of paraphernalia to be stored away and that was happily living in my landing for the last three months, left to go to the attic only an hour before I went to pick her up at the airport. To be honest, it is no secret that the family cleaning freak gene skipped a generation and went straight from her to my cousins, her sisters’ daughters. Thinking about it better, my aunts are cleaning freak too, not to her extent but they can do quite well for the cause of the family. Maybe it would be correct to say the gene didn’t skip a generation but just one cousin: ME. At least, I have been spared from the worrying wart gene too. In the end, it is not a total loss.

Nona arrived right in time for the fiddle concert of daughter number two. High excitement in the child and great exception in the grandma who probably was not expecting to have to endure over one hour of beginners tunes plus another hour of advanced tunes. In fairness, the advanced students were healthier for the ears of the audience but, still, a threaten for the mental health. At the end of the first part of the concert, that was also the end of the beginners’ performance, Nona didn’t hide her will to take her granddaughter and go. Upset by the fact she couldn’t, she then didn’t conceal her boredom for the rest of the concert and neither her intolerance for the younger and very noisy siblings of the performers either. No doubt these are the occasions when she regrets to be still too young to wear a hearing aid that can be opportunistically removed according to the situations.

I confess I was concerned to have my mother, my dogs and the foster dog all under the same roof for a week. On purpose and out of cowardy I omitted to warn my mother that Indie started to suffer from cystitis after her surgery and had no control over her bladder. The plan was that at the first accident at the presence of Nona we would have just pretended it never happened before. The girls spent days practising their outraged and surprised reactions. Nona is a cat person, but she fell in love with Indie. I can understand it because she is adorable, but I would have never expected from my mother. Maybe it is the fact that the dog is quiet and not a perennial tornado around the house like Kurt, or perhaps it is the fact that doesn’t attack you everytime you sit at the dinner table like Clara. Whatever the reason Nona and the foster dog bonded since day one and if it was not for those two centenary cats she still has in the house she would have considered to adopt her. I wonder if the cats would survive the scorching summer they are going to have in Italy this year.

For the past week, the house was a girls’ kingdom. Exception made for the giant dog. It went very well but by Friday I missed the travelling husband and my free time and Nona started to struggle to hold her tongue on those suggestions that are supposed to help me be a better mother a better wife and a better housewife.

Her flight was in the afternoon. We had time for some last minute shopping and browsing around in one of her favourite garden centres.
We split for a brief time, and when I went back where she was, I found her using all her shy English to converse with an old man who soon started to sing a Dean Martin’s song.
He said he always wanted an Italian girl and if she was from Venice even better. My mom successfully passed his test agreeing he resembled more George Clooney then Brad Pitt and qualified as the perfect candidate for his future romantic plans. Unfortunately, I had to break his heart and hopes to inform him my mom’s husband is still alive. With great disappointment, he kissed her hand, and after making sure she would ring him if suddenly becoming a widow, he left. Amused by the strange encounter and touching all the wood around us, we went too.
Now I know my talent to attract odd people and situations might be genetical.



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  1. Sounds like your mother had a wonderful time!

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  2. You and your mother are both still hot mamas…. You go Girls…..

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  3. Seems as the most of Europe have hot. We have between 25-30°C in the shadow for several weeks now, and no rain. It can rain in the nights, it needs.

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  4. Bahahahahahaha I love your mum…

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  5. You and mum are both special.

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  6. Haha. Love your writing, Orensia. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. My mother was a better housekeeper than I am, but she didn’t let it come between us. She and Dad came to visit every other year.

    I laughed that your mom uses a translator and can now read your blog. Years ago, blogs didn’t exist, but I wrote a letter to a wide audience the two years we lived in England. I was surprised and amazed that Mom took those letters and made them into a program for her book club! There was no other group of ladies in the world that I would have liked to impress more than those. Mom SAID they loved the program.

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  8. This was a delightful read! More power to your mum and you 🙂

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  9. Now if something to Nona’s husband we should all be suspicious! I’m happy to hear that you had a nice week. Kurt must have been loving every minute being surrounded by his girls!

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  10. Oh sorry Ortensia, I could stop giggling about your mom finding out how to do the translate on your blogs, what a cunning and clever old dear !!

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  11. Like mother like daughter.

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  12. Splendido post, complimenti! 🙂

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  13. Living in my fantasy world, it is wonderful to hear how normal people interact, Have a great weekend!

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  14. I’m still on the floor laughing my head off at this hysterically funny blog post.

    If I ever hear something on the News about the Italian Google translate system breaking down and laughing hysterically like the Amazon Alexa AI virtual assistant when it becomes demonically possessed, I’ll know who was responsible.

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  15. From one paragraph to the next, you made me smile! You have a lovely sense of humor! I am so glad we met. love Michele

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  16. It was one busy week girl …now you should be careful about mentioning of cleaning! Haha 😂
    Family Clean or Die in Dust 😉✌️😂 #newname

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  17. Can see you had a swell time. I like your stories😄

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  18. LOL Not always easy to deal with parents. And it doesn’t get easier once we are adults.

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  19. Hi Ortensia,

    the house is not tight when the people are in love…It seems that your mother likes to break the men’s hearts 🙂 I am sure that she have a young spirit. It is nice to hang out with our parents because in their ages they really needs us 🙂 Great weekend Ortensia

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  20. I always enjoy reading about your family. It sounds like the visit was very nice. Sometimes those parental visits are a challenge. I love the story about your mom and the gentleman, a heart breaker 💟

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  21. What an enjoyable, well written slice of your life. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Bless her. She must be so proud of you blogging and she can now know what you are up to thanks to Google Translate 😆. Love her.

    I love that she had an admirer too ❤

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  23. Nicely written, keep writing friend💐

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