by Melinda Gallo

Landlord's visit

Today is a holiday in Italy. I had to make sure I went to the market to stock up on food at the market yesterday. I'm pretty sure that La Standa will be open, but it will also be packed with people and not well stocked. I found out that today's holiday, Festa della Repubblica, was reinstated only a few years ago. It's the day when Italy decided to become a Republic.

Our landlord came over for rent money so we had to clean up the whole house before his arrival this evening. Usually Dave and I walk to the other side of town to give him the rent money, but because of the holiday he won't be around, so he offered to come to our place.

Secretly I know he wants to check up on us. He always offers to come over, but I always come up with a reason to go to his place instead. He remodeled his apartment and has put so much love and attention into it that he wants to make sure it's all OK.

Today he asked to go onto the terrace to check the plants. He's amazed at how much they've grown. I tried to stand in front of the few that I'd managed to kill off.

He was in a bit of a hurry, so he left after I gave him the rent money and his mail. I was kind of disappointed that he didn't notice how clean the place was, but then I'm also glad he didn't mention the few dead plants out on the terrace either.

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