Tag Archives: Family Life

The Italian Tooth Mouse

I like odd holidays. Like Tooth Fairy Day on February 28th! Although here in Italy, we’d have to call it Tooth Topolino Day, in honor of Italy’s very own tooth mouse!

No one seems to know the origin of this holiday or even why it started. But I think probably it all began in Spain, with Pérez Mouse, who worked for the king. Back when the king sold all his baby teeth to Pérez.  Continue reading The Italian Tooth Mouse

Azzurrina: an Italian Fairy Tale

Azzurrina: In honor of Tale a Fairy Tale Day, February 26! Based on the legend of “The Little Blue One,” who comes to life every 5 years during the summer solstice. There in her ancient castle near Rimini. 

“Mamma, why can’t I go out to play?” little Azzurrina pleaded, just as she did every day. “We’ve been through this before,” replied the busy mother, “Please stop asking. You know it’s for your own good.”  Continue reading Azzurrina: an Italian Fairy Tale

Chestnuts Bursting on an Open Fire

The fire didn’t heat better out of the fireplace. Though no one would ever convince the dear, stubborn, old man of that! Yet we fondly remember those simple evenings of reading by the fire as some of the most cozy and delightful evenings of our lives, even with the choking smoke and watery eyes!

They were simple days in a rural village. Mostly untouched by time, with little entertainment: no cinema or shopping mall, no bowling alley or spa. Papà didn’t even have a phone or TV, and it was before PCs and mobile phones were common.  Continue reading Chestnuts Bursting on an Open Fire