"Ah! There is the benedizione of the animals at five o'clock!"
|Look at the woman in the upper left window, with the best seat in the house|
Sold. Animal blessing in the piazza in front of the Chiesa in the old town it was.
Lorenzo explained, "You bring your pet, your animal - cat, dog, cow to the church and..." I interrupted, "Cow? You bring a cow?" "No," he laughed, then backtracked, "I mean, yes, you can, but you have to bring it here".
"The priest won't come to my cow?"
"No, no, you have to bring the cow here."
"Do you bring a cow?" I pressed, laughing.
"NO, I don't have a cow," he responded, amused but a exasperated.
"How would you even get a cow here? In a truck?"
"Criiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. I bring my cat. My dad brings it. You need to ask Manuel to find you a cat. See you at 5". He went back to work, fixing a window in the enoteca that is, by the way, coming along beautifully.
I call Manuel.
"Love, I need a cat".
"What?" Manuel asked, slowly, confused.
"There is the animal blessing today and we need an animal, do you have one?"
"Ah, yeah, I forgot that. A cat? Nooooo", he answered, thinking. "We have the turtle at my parents house, but I don't think it's a good idea to bring it."
Now, I was obviously kidding, but now I was the one amused that he was taking this request so seriously.
"Come here when you are done. See you at 5. Don't bring the turtle."
|Lorenzo's dad, aka "Mr. Ciak" with their remarkable well-behaved cat|
|The day ended, again, with another beautiful sunset over Punta Mesco|
Monterosso, amidst all this dust, mud, construction and hard work, can still come to a smiling stop as everyone takes a moment to remember their little friends who have suffered through this, as we all have.