THE LAST WORD
March 8th or the Day of the Deceptive Mimosa
by Andrea Camilleri
I guess I’m not the only one who has doubts. But before I tell you why, I’d like to give women a friendly warning: remember that there are many fewer holidays than regular days. Don’t be deceived by the mimosa. As the old saying goes: once on shore we pray no more. There’s a very simple reason to explain my bewilderment. When I was a boy, they told us to honour bread, the perfume of the table, the joy of the home, and so on. At home or away, for me woman has always been like bread: essential, indispensable to my existence and my survival. Like air. Has anyone ever thought of instituting a Day to celebrate the air we breathe?
Translated by Licia Canton. Originally published in Italian as “8 marzo, quando le mimose ingannano” in Racconti Quotidiani by Andrea Camilleri. Copyright 2007, Associazione Libreria dell'Orso, Pistoia.
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