Paolo and I didn’t even talk about names before the babies arrived. I really didn’t feel like it was right to assign names and then just plug in kids, so I never brought it up; I imagine he felt the same, because he didn’t either.
Once the first kid was born, we batted some ideas around, and then even more when the second came out, but it wasn’t until the final kid was born that we really felt it was time to get serious.
Paolo immediately suggested “Pinta” for Pasqualina’s girl because around here, they say something is “pinta” when it looks stained or tinted. Indeed, she does sort of look like someone threw a bucket of paint on her.
So when he said Pinta, I said, “What about Nina for Carmelina’s girl?”
He nodded and smiled, and I burst out laughing, because, I kid you not (hah!) we live in the zone of Santa Maria here in the village. (Zones are named after the churches located in them.)
Paolo agreed that was also perfect, and the name of the boy was obvious at that point.
Colombo, of course, is Christopher Columbus‘s last name in Italian.
Don’t you just love the Italian-American connection as well?
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