New Year with the Snow


by Nicola Piccoli
4th Elementary Class.

 On New Year’s Eve of 1989-90 everyone was dancing merrily at the Restaurant Capé and the old people were enjoying themselves seated on chairs and singing with the “Sbandati” (Drifters) group.

At about 11:58 or 11:59 the music finished and the leader of the Drifters band said that there was just one more minute until the end of the year and everyone fell silent. Some made their way to the outer door of the basement and began to let off loud, bright fireworks.

At 12 seconds before midnight they all began to count: ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!! New Year!

And they all moved towards the tables pushed close to the wall to drink Champagne. As they were exchanging greetings, it began to snow in the deep blue sky, and it became heavier and heavier and seemed to be flying upwards. It lasted almost half an hour. Sadly it gradually came to an end. But it was so beautiful that they called it the “New Year with the Snow”.

Translation courtesy of Dr. Marion Apley Porreca   

© Amici di Torricella         Year II        No 1  April 1990  page 4