Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mowing the Lawn, Italian Style

I have lived so long in Italy (18 years now) that it's often hard for me to pinpoint the cultural differences between life here and life in the US. Everything here, which was once so interesting and different and even very strange at times, just seems normal now. Italy has become my normal.

But, every once in a while, there's a special moment that you know you'd probably never see repeated in the US.

That's my husband, mowing the lawn in his bathing suit! Don't tell him I showed you this video...but I couldn't resist!

My parents used to live in a high-rise building where a lot of gay men resided. And that's wonderful, quickly let me say that gay men are wonderful in my book, just like everyone else! But the funny thing was that my parents would have a minor panic attack about Francesco's very European speedo style bathing suits every time we came to visit. They even went as far as to buy him a boxer style bathing suit because they were afraid that their neighbors would make a pass at him in the condo pool! Too funny.

They're not too comfortable with me wearing a bikini either, now that I think about it. But, hey, I'm sorry, you're not going to catch me dead in a skort! No way, no how!


alessandra said...

I can't see the video, but I can imagine, too funny!
Dropping from SITS!
Tra l'altro, sono italiana :D

LindyLouMac said...

Love it Saretta!

citymouse said...

Too funny! I love going to the beaches/pools in Europe... no one seems to care what you wear. My husband would have a heart attack if I posted a video of him in his bathing suit!

Sandy said...

Ha, I love it! Yeah, not something you would see very often here in the states! :0)

Kate Pantier @ Mommy Monologues said...

ahahaha! I love it!

Reading your blog makes me ready to get back to Europe!

Saretta said...

Shhh, don't tell anyone gals, but he has no idea he's on the blog...let's just keep it our secret! ;-)

Francesca said...

The video is not playing for me, but I can relate to all the different points of view!

Saretta said...

Hmm, two people have said they can't see the video. Can others see it? I see it fine on my pc... What's going on?

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed this post (even tho I couldn't see the video) - it's true that parents tend to be scandalized by swim suits. It's funny because many of the daily outfits people wear are almost as skimpy if not more so.

Thanks for following my blog last night, I'm following YOU now. =D

Great blog!
Tina "The Book Lady"

DigiMom said...

Too funny!!! My husband and I took an amazing vacation to Italy before we had a son. I'm looking forward to reading more on your blog.

Now following from MBC. :)

Francesco Grillo said...

Uhmmm..."let's just keep it our secret!" Uhmmm
Ok next time I'll show you all more!!!

Saretta said...

Uh oh...busted! He saw the post! LOL! :D