Some days I struggle to write something interesting but today was not one of them when my friend Danielle Russo, at When in Rome Tours, tipped me off to a story out of Montecchio Maggiore in the north of Italy. Some crazed chief educator at an Italian elementary school decided it would be a diet of bread and water for her kids, the students of families who failed to make their lunch payment. No word on how long these parents were delinquent in their payments before Signora Barbara Ventura decided it would be bread and water.
Now, keep in mind that this isn’t a school cafeteria here in the States where kids graze on junk food and whatever else can be slopped on a plate…………..this is Italy. Yes, they serve hamburgers and panini but they also serve wholesome meals and pasta. Ventura claims rules are rules and those parents needed to be taught a lesson. Funny thing though, out of the 9 students effected by the near “fast,” 7 of them were foreigners.
Now, Ventura claims it wasn’t as bad as all that. She says the bread was actually panini sandwiches of either ham or cheese and water. But the other bambini in the school felt so sorry for their poor friends that they all began sharing their lunches with them. Literally, out of the mouths of babes. All I can say to Signora Ventura is “Vergogna, si dovrebbe essere in imbarazzo.” Shame, you should be embarrassed! Maybe she can learn a thing or two from her students on sharing!