When the strawberries began
to bloom on the south-facing slopes,
Fiorenza took Abelie and Margherita
out for a hike in the morning.
The wisewoman showed her students
the running vines and the tiny white flowers,
explaining how they would soon grow
heavy with sweet red fruit.
"Now look down at the village,"
said Fiorenza. "I grew up there,
and I love it very much. I think that
you two are coming to love it too,
even though you were not born here."
Both of the girls nodded.
"Well now, it's the way of girls
becoming women to fall in love
with handsome young men, and
therein lies my dilemma," she said,
revealing the motivation behind
their current conversation.
Abelie and Margherita giggled,
and Abelie pointed in the direction
of Faggiola, the distant village where
Fiorenza's sweetheart Giacinto lived.
"Yes, exactly," said Fiorenza.
"Giacinto and I love each other,
but we both have a responsibility
to our villages. If we marry and
move in together, then that would
leave one village unattended."
Margherita gave her an anxious look.
"Now it happens that we thought of
a possible solution, but we would need
a lot of help to make it work," said Fiorenza.
"That is where you two come in, if you wish."
The girls jumped up and down,
pointing to themselves.
"Wait until I tell you what I want, before
you agree to it," the wisewoman warned.
"You might not like it, after all."
Abelie and Margherita hardly settled,
but they waited for her to continue.
"Giacinto and I would like to find replacements,
setting someone else as the wisewoman in
each of our villages, so that the two of us
could travel around wherever we're needed,"
said Fiorenza. "I have here before me a pair
of very capable students. So I am wondering
if you might like to become wisewomen,
one for Nocciolaia and one for Faggiola."
The two sisters looked at each other.
Then Abelie opened her mouth
and out came a solid carnation. Yes.
Margherita opened her mouth and out
came chrysoprase. Acceptance and optimism.
"Thank you," said Fiorenza, hugging them both.
"I will do everything I can to teach you how
to take good care of our villages."
The wisewoman kept her word, and
the girls kept theirs, studying diligently.
The next time Fiorenza saw Giacinto
in the marketplace of Fermo, she
gave him the good news.
"Abelie and Margherita want
to become wisewomen," she said.
"Truly, I do not know what I have done
to deserve such eager apprentices."
"Buon seme dà buoni frutti," he said,
and kissed her soundly in celebration.
A good tree makes good fruit.
* * *
Buon seme dà buoni frutti.
• Translation: Good tree makes good fruit.
• Meaning: Good parents will make good children due to example followed closely and daily.
-- Italian Proverbs
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Strawberries are popular in Italy.
In the language of flowers, a solid-colored carnation means "yes."
Gemstones also have symbolic meaning; chrysoprase implies acceptance and optimism.