|A storella: "Wet Kisses" (standard:humor, 424 words)|
|Author: Jerry Vilhotti||Added: Nov 09 2004||Views/Reads: 2698/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Weaving tangled webs ....|
Only after Gaetano said he was running away did his girlfriend accept the shoemaker and his wife as godparents; male customers did not trust their wives to be alone with "Casanova" but his wife paid him back ten-fold for all his wanton ways. Both Pauolina and Gaetano carried the basket of fruit - to suggest more abundance than there was - into the shoemaker's shop and only after being told not to stand on ceremony while coffee and biscotti were being served, did they ask these God-fearing people to be godparents for wasn't the world taught by expedient leaders? Including the church fathers who knew a great thing was coming full of bushels of money the size of millions of pyramids if they could do a Barnum on people convincing them that a para-a-dice was waiting for them if only they obeyed their rules of subservience and put coins in their machine that had the uncanny ability to produce "holy water" for coins stolen, begged or earned into the contraption; promising they would become "God cleaned" to enter their houses of worship and only then and only then would they see a "better day" in God's House of salvation in another world. With tears in his eyes and a tremor in his voice the handsome shoemaker promised that the child would never want for shoes as he patted very pretty Pauolina's slightly rouged cheeks; trying to get her lips to widen for his kiss while his wife was giving the twenty-five year old ruggedly handsome father to be who people said resembled the great Valentino - killed by Chicago-American doctors so jealous they were of their women-folk swooning over a "greasy foreigner" who had invaded their great country - a great big wet kiss falling into his smile. There would be two more sets of godparents for their next two daughters before they would get permission from Pauolina's mother whom he would always call "Mamasu"; telling all their eventual six children that it was a tender term for Grandmother but they would learn one day it meant "her mother": a woman who possessed a boneless tongue that could break bones with her viciously vehement words. The new godmother's smile would always remind Gaetano of the many pretty smiles that greeted him when he entered the city of Naples by the bay; delivering dry goods as he drove the team of four horses while working for the Padrone Vesuvio, that many said "see and die" so beautiful it was to the naked eye. END 11-9-04 Tweet
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