i had been told that the only bar in trieste where you can ask for a cappuccino and really get a cappuccino is the university cafeteria. they were right. they must be prepared not to confuse clients in such an international area.
i entertained myself in there while waiting for the scheduled appointment for x-rays in the private clinic nearby this morning. it's part of the tests i have to go through before the out-day treatment planned for mid-july. it's something that scares me, but i embraced the 'i-can-do-that' attitude and go on with courage.
i stood there finally sipping an italian cappuccino and reading my new book, people watching occasionally and remembering when i was at the students place, with a preoccupied look and only one mission for the day: pass the current exam.
i thought of the sobbing lindsay lohan i saw this morning on the net. she was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation in a DUI case by missing weekly alcohol-education classes. her tears and tissues and smeared mascara held no sway. she has to surrender to the superior court.
it's easy to me: you break the law, you're punished. many people should need that simple action over here. i wonder how many of the students i saw lied to their parents about their failed exams. i never did. people ought to learn to take full responsibilities of their actions since a small age.
alice lied to me yesterday. it was an innocent lie, about an extra coke she had with her happy meal at mc donalds, where she went with daddy while i was away at the movies (i watched eclipse and didn't like it, by the way). she knows she's only allowed a coke a week and maybe more in the summer, but definitely not 2 in the same day. and she said she had taken water with her meal. i shouldn't take this personally. children lie. it's part of their development. still, i addressed this appropriately in order to prevent it from becoming a more serious concern.
being a parent sucks sometimes. sometimes it sucks a lot. like anything, the bad comes with the good. and there's WAY more good than bad. i'll just do my best not to let alice perform like lindsay in case she's caught violating. actually, the hardest part will be not even predisposing her to violate out there!