“One time we were driving through Italy, and we were listening to a radio station that played nothing but melodramatic Italian love songs. So we started inventing translations. The stories we made up kept getting more and more ridiculous, and the laughter kept escalating until soon we were both in tears.”
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Don’t sweat petty stuff, and don’t pet sweaty stuff."
Mom said: “Tell him something that makes you special.”
She said: “I have a fake eye because I had cancer.”
this makes my day.
"When I moved here, I didn’t speak any English. I started out washing dishes. Then I moved up to prep. Then one day I asked the cook if I could help make the soup, and he said: ‘No, the recipes are in English.’ But I told him, ‘Just show me once, and you’ll never have to show me again.’ So that’s how I started cooking. Now I manage the kitchen. But if my workers ever need help with the dishes, I wash the dishes."
"What’s your favorite thing about him?"
"His work ethic. We’re from Duluth, Minnesota. He works 12-hour shifts at a tool factory, six days a week. Just so he can do nice things like this for me."
"What’s your favorite thing about her?"
"Her indomitable warmth. Her smile got me through my mother’s death."