“I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.”
“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.”
“The reason women don’t play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.”
March 8th – Happy Festa della Donna! International Women’s Day. Though this is a United Nations established holiday, and the entire world should collectively celebrate this fine jubilous occasion (I suppose the US considers Mother’s Day enough of a celebration), Europe has a special passion for it – especially Italy.
Here, let me have Ashley tell you about her time in Italy – take it away, Ashley!
A big part of celebrating Festa della Donna in Italy is handing out a certain flower. On every corner in Italy in March, street vendors carry mimosa flowers in abundance. Why mimosa? It was chosen in 1946 by the Italian Women’s Union because this bright yellow flower, the first color of Spring, is a symbol of vitality and joy. It’s blossoms are dainty and lace-like, but don’t let the delicateness fool you — this flower is quite resilient. Equating these qualities to women, well, the mimosa seemed like the perfect choice to represent the occasion.
It’s a tradition for men to purchase mimosa sprigs to give to women throughout the day (a portion of the proceeds from mimosa sales goes to support women’s causes!). In my time in Italy, everyone throughout the day would wish me and other women “Buona Festa della Donna!” or “Auguri” (best wishes!), and men I didn’t know would hand me flowers. It was charming.
Thanks Ashley! Now, a year later, Ashley has brought the tradition home to celebrate. Well, it’s not really a celebration – more of an appreciation for dames, damsels and lassies (sorry – we looked in the thesaurus for varieties of the word “woman” and we weren’t given much to work with. I mean, “wench”? Really?).
The Thesaurus may not have words-aplenty for us broads, but we certainly do not run low on strengths and capabilities. And today, we acknowledge these qualities in women everywhere.
Speaking of, we came across a thought from the otherwise quirky Si Robertson – we think you will find it pretty wise:
“A lot of men act like they are doing a woman a favor by asking for her hand in marriage, but let’s think about this: She changes her name, changes her home, leaves her family, moves in with you, builds a home with you, gets pregnant for you, bears children for you.
Pregnancy destroys her body. She gets fat, almost gives up in the delivery room due to the inexplicable pain. Even the kids she delivers bear your name. Till the day she dies everything she does benefits you.
So who is really doing who a favor? Jack, appreciate your wife today, because it’s not easy to be a woman.”
It may not always be easy to be a woman, but it is pretty great. Even Marilyn Monroe said:
“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.”
We would like to wish all of our wonderful women a very happy Festa della Donna! And to all our male cohorts (whom we love very much) – find the ladies who make up your world, and wish them a happy day as well.
…Oh, and pick up some Mimosa flowers.
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