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  • Where in the World is Peppy Mitidiero?
    Part 3 of 3: Dad Buses it Home

    by Flora Mitidiero Raehl

    As the hours go by my imagination is going wild – I mean, for all I know my very hard of hearing, stubborn , senior citizen father could be anywhere, he's just not where he's supposed to be. Finally my son Tom calls and says "Nono just called. He's home." I say home where, and Tom says Italy I guess, so I immediately call my father's house in Italy and sure enough, he answers the phone to my frantic yells of "Where have you been?" His casual answer to me, why are you so upset? I just didn't recognize anyone at the airport so I decided to take the bus home. Really??? How could you not recognize your own relatives, I ask? Dad's simple reply, who knows, I don't even think they were there. Trust me, they were there and now had to make the long drive back south without the American they went to pick up.

    The remainder of dad's trip thankfully passes uneventfully and it's finally time me to pick him up at the airport. I'm waiting at the arrival gate and there he is with his wheel chair escort pushing him through customs and relief washes over me that he made it home safely without any more mishaps.

    As soon as he gets in the house he's insistent that we unpack. I promptly tell him I am not washing any clothes today and he says "...you have to open this suitcase right now!" So I do and the sight in front of me is nothing short of astounding – sopressa, hunks of cheese, fennel and oregano. I ask him where his clothes are and he says "...uff, I had to make room for all this so I gave it all away." As I look astoundingly at the suitcase in front of me, I ask how did you get all this stuff home and he slyly smirks at me and says "...it wasn't hard, I have my ways." Yes, he's stubborn but obviously oh so resourceful, and thus sums up life with my dad.

    Part 1: Dad's Trip Home Part 2: Dad's MIA


    Article Published 5/5/11

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