An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Friday, February 5, 2010

Forty-One Days after Christmas

Okay. My loving, kind, dear sweet zia Tiziana is going to kill me. She is, really.

Every time my sister and I visit, we insist on looking at her and zio Luciano's wedding album. She hates her wedding photos, and here I am posting them on my blog.

And what's really annoying is that I am doing so to honor her birthday...except that it isn't her birthday.

Huh?!

You see, last year I wrote birthday posts to honor my zia Paola, my zio Silvio, and my zio Luciano. Tiziana did not get a birthday post because her birthday very inconveniently falls on the day after Christmas. I don't know what my Nonna was thinking.

Tiziana probably thought I forgot but, being the quiet person that she is, was probably also somewhat relieved.

But, fair's fair and this is her birthday post.

It is a well-known fact that I have hair issues, and as a little girl I was always envious of Paola's Cleopatra hair and Tizi's hair, which was a delicious strawberry blond...something my sister and I liked to point out to her all the time.

Us: Do you know what color your hair is? It's...
Tizi, interrupting with a sigh: Yes, yes I know. Strawberry blond.

And then we would sing Strawberry Fields, Forever to her, which was terribly annoying.

When I was pregnant with our first child (Nonna's first great-grandchild), my husband and I visited Italy during one of the hottest summers in history. We stayed with my aunt who, in spite of the tremendous heat wave, cooked us the most delicious meals. Later, we found out that during the entire time of our visit, my aunt also was pregnant...and she never said a word.

Today, I have a cousin that is my son's age. Pretty neat.

The most interesting thing about Tiziana, one that you don't at first notice because she is, after all, married to crazy zio Luciano, is that she has a wonderful sense of humor; really, she leaves me the funniest comments like this, this, and this. She even wrote a fantastic poem about Nutella.

Buon Compleanno, Tiziana! Next time you come, I'll show you our wedding album...bleck, ick, patooey.



And to make it up to you, I am also posting a photo of me...with you on your wedding day, which is cheating, I know. To be clear, the fashionable bride is my aunt, the cute blond is my sister, and I am the terribly awkward-looking one with the dark hair.

9 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

Too cute you were. How can you have hair issues when yours is so pretty?

Ua said...

BUON COMPLEANNO, TIZI!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIA!

Tiziana said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!(disperato)
Maria, questa mattina, con tutto il mio amore, ti ho spedito una mail per il tuo compleanno e adesso, aprendo il tuo blog, cosa trovo???????
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!(angosciato)
Le mie foto di matrimonio sul tuo blog. Un blog internazionale, letto da persone molto interessanti. Le mie foto, così gelosamente nascoste per tutti questi anni, nell'armadio meno adoperato della casa.
Le mie foto che forse nemmeno Damiano e certamente Chiara hanno mai visto.
Mi è venuto un colpo al cuore.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!(terrorizzato)
Ti ringrazio comunque per il bel pensiero, sei sempre gentile e cara.
L'unica cosa bella di quelle foto, che solo dal colore fanno capire che sono state fatte anni e anni fa, sono le mie splendide damigelle.
Grazie Maria per i bei ricordi e, nonostante tutto, ti voglio ancora tanto, tanto bene (eh! eh!).
BUON COMPLEANNO A TE E CHE TU POSSA ESSERE SEMPRE FELICE COME TU fai felici noi.
La tua strawberry white blod zia Tizi.
PS: Sto già pensando dove poter nascondere l'album delle foto per non fartele trovare quando arrivi.
Ciao!!

David said...

Buon compleanno Tizi! Spero di vederti presto!

nonna said...

Poor, poor sister Tizi, please forgive my daughter Maria....she is beginning to become a little confused in her "old age"! (Do I dare reveal to the whole world her AGE?....I had better NOT).
On second thoughts, may be this blog is a subtle (and truly smart way) to reveal to the whole world that today, Fabruary 5, is MARIA"S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!Happy birthday MARIA!
By the way, dear Tizi, get your wedding album ready for our arrival in June......

Mom and Sister

Damiano e Irene said...

Mi dispiace informarvi (qualcuno sara' contento, qualcuno molto meno) che IO, IRENE e CHIARA abbiamo visto TUTTE LE FOTO del famosissimo album di matrimonio.
Era un giorno in cui mia mamma non c'era e le foto ce le ha fatte vedere mio papa'!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIA !!!!

Chiara said...

NOOOOOOO!!!!! Dami non dovevi dirlooo!!! haha scherzo!!!!!! =) ebbene sì! le abbiamo viste tutte di nascosto!!! =) in ogni caso cercherò l'album in ogni crepa del muro pur di trovarlo!!! mamma ke buffa che sei!!! hahaha!!! e pensare che quel vestito l'ho provato anch'io... ci stavo appena appena... =) e l'ho anche modificato (con l'aiuto di papà) attaccandogli dei nastri e fiocchi azzurri per..... ehm .....vestirmi da donna del 1800/1900 a scuola!! pfff.. che buffa che ero!!! =)
mamma voglio vedere le fotoooooo!!!!!!! please.... =)
e se ti facessi gli occhi dolci?????

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