My First Beer

A white and green checkered tiled bathroom with red plastic fittings. My brother and I in the bath with soft peeks of bubbles all around us. Him sitting by the tap filling a glass of warm water, topping it with foam and handing it to me “ mille lire perfavore!” (a thousand lira please!).Money made of air in my hand touches his and he hands me my bath birra. I swig it back drinking some and letting the rest trickle down the sides of my mouth and back into the bath…”ancora perfavore” (more please). We exchange again and again until mom appears with towels and pajamas.I’m 3 or 4, my tummy is filled with soapy water, my brother is my idol and we are rapt in play. I like this day.

My brother and I in Florence Italy