Learning my limitations

   I could speak Italian fairly well when I first went to Italy. But once in a while, I encountered an expression which I understood literally, but not figuratively. It still happens, and it keeps me from being overly confident.

 

   I remember ordering a drink at a bar once when I was with Uncle Simon. I asked for a Sambuca, and the bartender asked me if I wanted it "with flies." Realizing immediately that I would be baffled by this, Uncle Simon was already looking at me when I turned to him for help. " 'Flies'  means coffee beans," Uncle Simon said to me  "The bartender wants to know whether you want him to put a few coffee beans in your Sambuca." 

 

   I smiled and nodded for the "flies." They were delicious with the Sambuca. Uncle Simon was as attentive and as tactful as could be. God bless him.