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is also laughing because everyone is laughing and if it’s a

holiday, she always says, everybody needs to be happy.

Then I see Karlo go to the pantry. I know he’ll come back

with the accordion. He’s already here, sitting, pulling the

bellows, as


says. And then Karlo plays and Albert

dances with Mama and


dances with Ida and then I

want to stand on tiptoe, look at the yard and sing. My ears

are ringing, I’m standing on tiptoe, singing.

Ciao, ciao, bambinaaaaaa!

Un bacio ancooor …

Then Karlo is no longer playing the accordion. I see Mama

quickly go to the pantry. I know she’ll give me the drops. I

pick up the plate that Josipina was given as a present and

throw it at the door. Oooh, everyone says and Mama comes

back from the pantry and gives me the drops.

I see Albert and Ida looking at me. Everyone is looking at

me, then they smile and Mama picks up the bits of the plate

with the capital of Australia on it. I’ll glue it together, says

Josipina and smiles. Then Srečko picks up the barrel organ

and turns the handle so that the song

Lili Marleen

is played.

La la, la la la la, la la, la la la la …