THREE OLD, PERHAPS OUTDATED, SICILIAN PROVERBS

1)- Quannu a gaddina canta e u gaddu taci, chista iè casa ca nun mi piaci (When the hen crows and the rooster keeps silent, this is a house I don’t like).

This proverb is an allegory of family life. When in a family, the wife commands and the husband obeys, things do not go well. Of course, the proverb is probably out of date. However, if love reigns in a family, it does not matter who is in charge.

2)- Quannu a fortuna nun ti dici, iettiti nterra e accampa fafaluci (When fate is against you, throw yourself on the ground and pick up snails).

When fate is adverse to you, and despite your efforts, you do not get any useful results, you had better throw yourself on the ground and pick up snails; at least, you get something.

3)- Campana ca nun sona a prima vuci, vor diri ca u discursu nun ci piaci (If a bell does not ring at the first tug, it means that it does not like the matter).

If a person does not respond to your request right away, it means they are not interested in you. Therefore, it is useless to insist.

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

– November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily

– A Hidden Sicilian History

– The Vibrations of Words

– Travels of the Mind

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

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