Yuppi Du, Yuppi Du, Yuppi Du.
Yuppi Du-i-du, Yuppi Du*

Adriano Celentano

author: Caterana Tonnē Fleur
title: Babbo e l'ulivo
Last week I sent a song to my dad. It's by an Italian songwriter I have just discovered through a friend and I thought he would enjoy the lyrics.

He texted asking me what I was doing and I said
⤷ the weather is a bit better today so I'm going for a walk.

He replied:
⤷ ok, have a good walk, I'm going to prune the olive trees...ciao sparrow!

Sparrow was/is his nickname for me. He uses it less now but it was the only way he called me for the majority of my life, Caterina was reserved for when I did something bad.

That text caught me by surprise. We rarely text, preferring a good video call, and seeing that nickname on the screen rather than hearing it in sound form threw me off a bit. It made me instantly nostalgic.
I thought about years ago when hearing him say he was going to the allotment or to the field was something ordinary and how I wish he would have taken me sometimes, I think he was worried I would get bored halfway through...and silly me, I never asked.

His 70th birthday was last weekend, I guess I felt a bit sentimental so I rummaged through my hard drives and fished out some photos of home I took a few years ago.
author: Caterana Tonnē Fleur
title: Home
These photos are from 2018 and I love them because my parents' presence is so deeply infused in them: the crochet tablecloth was made by my mom over months of sitting on the armchair in the afternoon while listening to the radio or watching TV, the little wooden stool was made by my dad to prop up the plant to mom's request, the metal bowl that holds the plant came from my grandparents' house and god knows, being farmers, what they had used it for originally...

Looking at these objects and images, I cannot wait to sit in that chair again and eat a meal at that living room table because when that's in use, it means you have guests.
You have the good set of plates and glasses dusted off from the lower cabinets of the dining room, the pretty tablecloths come out, so carefully cared for that they look new and you are afraid you'd be the first one to spill something on it, and the nice aged wine gets rescued from the cellar to be enjoyed together with laughter and hugs.

I'm so looking forward to that again!

*Yuppi Du is a song my dad always whistled or sang all throughout my childhood. It just occurred to me while writing this newsletter that I had never listened to the song itself! It was written by Ariano Celentano for one of his movies, and it has real English lyrics, which surprised me seeing how he was famous to 'imitate' the English language in his songs without actually making any sense.
If you don't know what I'm talking about I recommend you listen to this brilliant song by him Prisencolinescionalciusol the music is really good but the 'words' will make you laugh, I'm sure.
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