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Good morning, and four eggs

A little alleyway off Valtopina's main street

A little alleyway off Valtopina’s main street

I was in Valtopina pharmacy this morning and overheard the pharmacist joking with an elderly lady customer.

To her “Buongiorno” (Good morning), she was teaching him to say “E quattro uova” (And four eggs).

Apparently it’s an old country greeting.

I can’t imagine where it could have come from.

The greeting continues something like: “Two for you,” to which the other person replies: “Two to keep”.

Anyway, the lady explained to me that all four eggs end up with the same person!

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