October 12, 2012

Cristoforo Columbo

Cristoforo Colombo
Today is Columbus Day. I miss the parades they used to have. We learned it like this:
"In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." In the three ships,  Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta!

Some say  he was a Sephardic converso..  a Jewish person who converted to Catholicism, like the families of  Fidel Castro and the dancer from West Side Story Rita Moreno.
Sephardim.. the plural of Sephardic .. are Jewish people who ended up in Spain, Portugal and Italy too.  
 Oy vey.. Fidel ??   That gives me agita!
Well they say it.. who knows.
As for Cristoforo.. he was just a nice Italian boy in search of  a trade

 Happy Columbus Day and have a lovely weekend.

p.s. if you don't know what agita is.. it is Italian slang for upset tummy. It's a Jersey thing.


  1. There must be a name for me too ....giggle....turned to Catholicism for almost 30 years and then..reverted back to my roots! Can I hear another Oy vey? :)

  2. I was born on Columbus Day and wasn't very happy when they moved the recognition of it to Monday rather than the actual day. We still say that rhyme about Columbus in school. Thanks for the birthday wishes! Enjoy the week ahead! (((Hugz)))

  3. Of course I know that word.......lol Rarely see it tho so it was a nice surprise. I love your fall banner too. Id love to learn how to do that. Beautiful art.

  4. Hi Annie,
    Hope you had a great weekend. I forgot the real Columbus Day was Oct 12th acually. It is not much of a holiday anymore especially here. Hope you have a wonderful Monday and week ahead. And I have many Italian friends so I do know that word and it is such a great word for a upset stomach :) Hugs, Dru

  5. Hi Annie;

    LOL! Too bad this nice Italian boy didn't really discover America (or so they say). ;-}

    Been off my "feed" this past week and now feel better to visit and post. Hope this past week has been a good one for you me friend. Have a lovely day ahead. Hugs


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