Grandmother placed the freshly filled bread basket in front of Lucia.
“She is afraid that you think everything is too strange. She believes you don’t want to know anything about it anymore.”
Lucia looked at her uncertainly, without knowing how to answer.
Grandmother said: “Lot of people be frightened and think this is of joke, or collective psychosis. You wouldn’t be the first to believe this, and you won’t be the last.”
“It would be difficult for myself to convince me,” observed Lucia, “because it happened, and it happened to me.”
“Many people would think they’ve been hallucinated.”
“I am not many people.”
[Path of life and stone, Chapter 3]
Lucia is also sixteen, but she’s not as beautiful as Amelia, nor does she has her magical powers. She is a modern girl and never separates from her smartphone. She has many inferiority complexes on her physical appearance, and she has a low self-esteem; but, throughout the story, she’ll discovers that she’s capable of understanding what’s happening better than anyone else. She resolves the initial stalemate.
She makes friends with Amelia. This will lead her to live adventures she had never even imagined, to meet fairy-tale characters and to run frightening dangers. Maybe, even to find something very precious…
Lucia’s ethics are very profound, and will give her unexpected strength. By her confrontation with Amelia they will both be able to understand what they really want. Lucia will learn to fight to protect the people she loves – and also to stay alive.
The Italian etymology of her name means ‘light’, and it is also her nickname (Luce in Italian), which will give her one of the other main characters: Lucia, like the light, illuminates with understanding the path where she is going. Lucia is able to break the masks of falsehood to find out what’s behind it.
She is the only person in the world who scares The Cuckoo.
Canederli (love it!)
Canederli, or Knödel, are a poor traditional peasant dish from Southern Germany (Bavaria). Originally they simply consisted of balls of stale bread made into cubes and kept together with milk or water and eggs, according to the best peasant tradition of reusing leftovers. They are part of the kitchen of the “leftovers”, of the tradition of the so-called “poor dishes”, even if today they are considered a very delicious and well-known dish.
In Italy they are very appreciated especially in the northern mountain areas (Trentino, Veneto and Friuli). They are also called chineghi or balotes (large balls).
If you’re in that region, don’t forget to try them, perhaps in a typical alpine hut. And remember: canederli are very, very, very nutritious!
Their origin is adventurous, almost legendary, and dates back to the time of the invasion of the Lanzichenecchi in Italy (1526/27)…
It happened that one day a group of Lanzichenecchi arrived in this farm and the commander claimed to eat, otherwise his soldiers would set fire to the house and the farm. The peasant was at home alone with her girls, but she went to work without getting scared. She ordered the girls to gather all the food that was in the house. In the end, on the table were old bread, onions, some eggs, a bit of bacon (speck) and a bit of flour.
The peasant ordered her daughters to cut the bread into small pieces and to go to the garden to take some herbs and cut them into fine pieces. Then they mixed everything in one dough, added salt, formed balls and threw them into boiling salted water.
Decided, the peasant brought the hungry Lanzichenecchi the bowls full of these balls. They liked them so much and satisfied them so much that after they ate they fell into deep sleep.
“These cannonballs would spread even the most angry man!” Said the marvelous commander.
So he gave the cunning peasant a pair of gold coins (probably looted in some other village) as a reward, before bidding farewell with his troops.