Angelo took his
donkey, Luigi, with him wherever he went. This day he walked down to the
harbor, Luigi following close behind. “Today, Luigi, I am going fishing.
I am tying you to this pole while I go out in the boat. I'd take you,
but donkeys and water don't mix well. Wait for me.”
Luigi sat on the
wooden dock and watched Angelo row over the waves. As each splashed on
the beach, Luigi watched sticks, sea glass and pieces of plastic roll
onto the sand. The seagulls squawked as they flew overhead and men in
big boats unloaded huge baskets of fish.
When Angelo came
back, he had two small baskets loaded with fish. Most of them squirmed.
He poured ice on top of them and then put the baskets on Luigi's back.
“Come, Luigi. Let's take this fish home to Carmalita. She will fix me a
fish supper and we will sell the leftover.”
As they walked
from the harbor towards Angelo's house, they followed a path strewn with
stones. Angelo's aged legs moved slowly as the two of them wobbled home.
A tree branch spread across the path. “Watch out for the bees, Luigi.
They normally won't harm us, but now and then, they attack.”
Luigi looked up
at the beehive. When he walked underneath it, the bees rushed towards
him. One stung him on his bottom. Luigi kicked his back legs high into
the air, braying with pain. Fish flew out of the basket and bees swarmed
all over them.
“No! Luigi! The fish!” He grabbed the donkey by its nose and pulled it
away from the bees. Several fish lay scattered on the ground. “Oh,
Luigi. That is less fish to sell. You might not get any oats for supper
tonight.” He stroked the donkey's face. When he went back to see if he
could save the fallen fish, the bees chased him back to Luigi.
Carmalita kissed her Angelo when he came home. “Oh, Angelo. You've been
fishing. We can have fish for supper. Maria and Consuelo want to buy
what is left.”
his wife several fish and then he and Luigi went to Maria's house. They
gave her six fish. She gave Angelo some money and then handed him a loaf
of hot bread. When they went to Consuelo's house, she paid Angelo and
gave him a bag of oats.
Angelo and Carmalita feasted on fried fish with lemon sauce, pasta and
hot bread. Luigi ate the oats and thought about how tomorrow when they
went fishing, they were taking another path, away from the bees. He'd
had enough flying fish!