Friday, March 6, 2009

Yellow Mimosa - Week's End

We wish International Women's Day (March 8, Sunday this year) was celebrated in the U.S. as it is overseas...particularly in Italy. Everything we read says that men give women yellow mimosa flowers...but our experience is that women also give yellow mimosa to their female friends & relatives. Some years ago, when March 8 also fell on a Sunday, we raced around an unnaturally quiet Roman neighborhood, desperate to buy a bouquet to take to a friend's luncheon (having just arrived from Naples & running late). We finally found a flower shop with mimosa bunches. At the end of the encounter (for every such purchase is a social event in Italy, especially the South), the flower seller presented GG's editor with a bunch for herself with a hearty, "Auguri, bella!" And no, he was not being devilish. Just festive!

Have a great weekend & ciao-auguri-meow to our friends & sisters!

(photograph from Deirdr
Straughan's blog Countries Beginning with I)