By Melissa Cannavo-Marino
This week Sara wants to tell you all about the time that she spent at the American University of Rome where her mamma attended classes.
Mamma remembered that I had so much fun and that I was well behaved at the elementary school when she substituted there and she decided to take me to her università (university) to spend the day. Mamma told me that she spoke with her professore (professor) who said that the università doesn’t really allow i cagnolini (puppies) to visit, but since I am is so piccola (small) and behave well, “we will make an exception.”
After la cena (dinner) mamma got everything ready for la prossima mattina (the next morning). “We have to catch il treno (the train) to Roma at 7:30,” she told me. I didn’t mind because I was looking forward to another exciting avventura (adventure). La prossima mattina the alarm went off at 6 o’clock. I was wide awake and full of excitement. However, Mamma had a little trouble getting up. When she finished getting ready, she ate una piccola colazione (a small breakfast) di cereale con latte (of cereal
with milk) apple fruit juice, and I, my
usual morning treat.
Mamma put on my quinzaglio (leash) and we headed to the train station. Il tempo era bello (the weather was nice), and we only lived a few blocks from the train station. Mamma stopped by the edicola (newsstand) to say buon giorno (good morning) to the owners, Anna and Armando. They are nice people who were always glad to see me. Then we headed to the platform to wait for il treno. Mamma said, “I hope there’s a seat.” This treno is usually very crowded.
The treno arrived a few minutes late, but luckily there were a few seats. Mamma sat down and I stood on her lap and looked out the finestrino (window) at all the pretty scenery. Even though it was primavera (springtime), there was still neve (snow)
on the mountain tops. It was not the first time that I have been on un treno to Rome. So, some of the passengers knew me, and
I liked it when they fussed over me.
When we arrived at the Stazione Termini train station in Roma, we still had to take
two more buses. Wow! What a long trip.
We finally got to the università. Mamma told me to be very quiet. I listened to mamma. I didn’t want her professore to get in trouble. Quietly we made our way to the aula (classroom). Mamma put me down and all her classmates came over to pet me and say ciao. Then the professore began instruction.
I sat quietly under the desk. It was much more serious than the elementary class that
I visited, but it was very interesting!
When we got home, mamma was happy that I didn’t get into trouble and ended the day by giving me a delicious doggie treat. IAH