The Girl Within

There’s a young girl, in her 30s, who works for my friend that owns a gourmet store.  She’s hefty in girth and strong as a longshoreman, so often she’ll unload a truck as if she were one of the guys.

She was hired to cook, something she loves, but those muscles have made her a handy pack mule my friend takes total advantage of.

“Hey, why not?” Tony says, “look ad’der, she’s like Hercules.”

“She’s also a lady, if you haven’t noticed.”

“A lady? Are you kiddin? And who are you, her lawyer?”

Men, especially Italian men, have dough between their ears, to quote my grandmother.

Jump back to last Friday, the last day the store would be open till after Christmas.  I decide to bring Becky, I’ll call her, a little package.

I’ve seen her on the corner, when she gets off work, putting on her lipstick in a random, rearview mirror, so my take on her is no myth.

So I got a little hand mirror that folds up like a hankie you can keep in your pocket, along with Burt’s Bees Hand Salve that comes in a tin, both small and portable.  I then found this cool, Che Guevara beret, with a gold trim, wrapping everything the same way, she wraps one of her grilled chickens, penning a card that said...for a lady I know, who works very hard.

As I was leaving Tony said, “How come I didn’t get a beret?”

“You mean to cover that bald spot?”

I heard Becky’s deep laugh, over someone asking for three veal cutlets, thinly sliced.




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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21 Responses to The Girl Within

  1. Dough behind the ears! That’s not only Italian men! Love the gift you got her. So thoughtful. Love the new header too!

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  2. Ross de Marco says:

    Equal is equal you take the check you gotta do the job ! 😉


  3. Ross de Marco says:

    Plight of the worker , I’ve found in many jobs I’ve held over the years you often get called upon to do more the original job description , it’s the same for everybody , male female Italian , Panamanian , . We are all equal right ? butt very thoughtful of you to give her the gift .


  4. micklively says:

    Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

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  5. Love the header!!
    I agree with Kate that “dough between the ears” do not discriminate …hahaha!
    No doubt Becky will feel like a million bucks every time she looks in that pocket mirror.


  6. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, you have to be one of the most perceptive people I know. You pick up on all the nuances of people and animals that so many of us tend to miss. My wish for your New Year is that that perception is boomeranged right back at your own signals.

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    • Love the word..boomeranged. I do notice a lot, no question. It’s somewhat of a burden since, once you do, then you own it, and you’re then, in a drugstore buying collapsible mirrors.

      Happy New Year Skinny, and thanks for making all my days, brighter. 🙂 Susannah

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  7. You know, you are so very nice…with just a touch (a nice touch) of mean in you…

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  8. rupalgarg says:

    Beauty has several varieties.
    One must respect that. No matter how you look like, our grave will be of the same size.
    Great post. Keep posting.

    Liked by 2 people

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