An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What do Gladiators Wear Under their Skirts?

It goes without saying that a trip to Italy means seeing a lot of art.

And art means seeing a lot of nudity.

And that means a lot of giggling from our six-year-old, who is NOT discreet.

At all.

In all fairness, this all started on our spring break trip to Washington D.C. when we dragged (dragged being the operative word) the boys to the Museum of Art. Oh, they protested, but I was adamant that we at least see the presidential portraits and, as it turned out, everyone enjoyed them.

But just as we exited the gallery we stumbled upon a life-size sculpture -- a very nude male statue -- and our six-year-old couldn't stop laughing, and saying the word pee-pee which, in turn, caused his brothers to laugh.

This started something, I see that now.

So, in Italy . Nude statues everywhere, and our little one had to point out every. single. pee-pee.

Even Nonno laughed.

Then, our 13 year old wondered why all the, well, pee-pees looked like crayola crayons.

Crayola Crayons.

So, my husband took him aside and explained circumcision.

I'm telling you, I could not make up this stuff.

Then, there was this statue.

You see that it is not nude. Not at all. But as the adults were standing around talking, wouldn't you know that our little one walked all the way over and tried to look up the skirt.

Remind me to never vacation in Scotland . . . you know, kilts and all.


Tiziana said...

Ah! Ah! Mi immagino la scena e le risate. I bambini sono meravigliosi proprio perchè sono innocenti.
Un bacione (sulla testa) a Timothy. Dice ancora "cattivo"?

GrandmaK said...

Very funny. I'd guess this is a "boy thing" as my boys all did this at one time. ;) As for "dragging" them to the museums, GOOD!!! Just keep in mind that when they grow up they may never set foot in one least until they have kids of their own and then the practice repeats itself when they are the "fathers." Wishing you well. Looking forward to more pics. Cathy

Kim H. said...

Oh my word! Bia, I'm laughing right along with you, as with boys, it always goes there. And the vision of the crayon pee-pee is too much! Your poor hubby had to have such a serious conversation on vacation!!!

Glad you had such a wonderful time and am happy you're home safe and sound.


Wendy said...

Ah, boys!

I am absolutely loving the chance to vicariously experience your trip to Italy (a bit sad that this is the only way I will experience Italy for now, but ... such is life). Keep sharing the stories and photos - it is such fun.

Ua said...

I can just imagine the scene... Timothy trying to look up a stone skirt!