When the baby is born, a small part of the umbilical cord that connects him/her to the mother hangs out of his/her belly. As if it might take a while for this body to become well-sealed. And so one day, the cord dries up and the navel falls off.
When I was small, very small, my belly button had just fallen. Of course, the same happened to all of you.
What to do with the fallen navel?
In the tradition of my village, it is believed that we should bury this little piece of the person someplace special. Burying babies' navels in the hope that this will guide them in life. For example: under a rosebush, it makes the little girl a beautiful woman; at the hospital door, the little boy becomes a doctor; at the farm gate, the little boy will be a farmer. A legend was created that it was dangerous to wait too long to perform this ceremony. Because, perhaps a mouse would carry the navel away and the person would grow up to become a bandit, an outcast…
My mother buried my belly button under a rosebush.
So, we need to plant our first seed, which is also our first scar, allowing us to grow strong and be given a good life.
Also known as:
-Cortado (pronounced cortao)
-Café au lait
It's one of my mother's favorite drinks.
It invaded the language of Brazil with expressions like:
-You're very cafe com leite. It means you're not official, not sanctioned. For example: A café com leite person in a game of catch is someone who is participating but is not officially competing.
- A café com leite person is also - problematically - considered to be of mixed skin color, neither ‘completely’ black nor ‘completely’ white.
-A café com leite situation. It means a fake situation.
-A café com leite book. It means that the content of the book is not good or serious enough to be considered relevant.
To make café com leite you will need:
This drink goes very well with buttered toast or cheese bread.