A new proverb
I learnt a new Italian proverb yesterday from our plumber/electrician and his wife, who came about our gas heating.
Impara l’arte e mettila da parte.
The literal translation is: “Learn a skill and put it to one side.”
However I take it to mean: “Once you’ve learnt a skill, it’s with you for ever even if you don’t use it.”
If only Clive could take comfort from the sentiment, lying there on his sofa, deprived for a year now of playing his beloved keyboard!