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

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

Monday, July 26, 2010

To Nana, With Love

Nana, do you remember . . .

the first time you met my parents after Joe and I were engaged, and we all played Trivial Pursuit together?

how you would be the Jujube Fairy when any of the grandkids visited, sneaking into their rooms at night and leaving a pile of Jujubes on the nightstand?

when you gave me your sewing maching and, as a result, I learned to sew curtains and Halloween costumes?

when you took me for a drive in your convertible and you were wearing that cute, floppy beach hat?

the matching flannel nightshirts you made for Joe and me that we absolutely loved?

when, before the baptism of every grandchild, you would spend an hour ironing all three layers of the baptismal gown that has been in the family since 1925?

how you and Papa took us all blueberry picking and you were so short that we kept losing you in the blueberry patch?

when you gave Nicholas and Jonathan $15 each and then took them to the One Dollar Store and let them shop . . . and no parents allowed?

all the times you, Lisa and I would have lunch at Nordstrom's Cafe and then go shopping?

and do you remember how when the boys were babies and kept saying nana, we teased you and said they already knew your name when, in fact, they were really saying banana?

Well, we remember these things and more. We always will.

We love you and we already miss you.



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

Is this your husband's mom? I'm sad for him and for you. Both of my parents died some time ago, and I miss them every, EVERY, day.

Your mom-in-law sounds a lot like my mom was to my brother's wife.




Tiziana said...

Questi sono momenti tristissimi però, nello stesso tempo, sono momenti di ricordi bellissimi che ci accompagneranno per sempre.
Basta un oggetto, un profumo, un rumore e il nostro pensiero corre a loro, in un particolare momento passato insieme e si sente una stretta al cuore, ma anche una goia speciale che ci fa capire quanto ci abbiano voluto bene e quanto noi vogliamo bene a loro.
Un abbraccio a voi tutti e una preghiera alla vostra cara nana, che libera da ogni sofferenza, vi sarà sempre vicina.

PAOLA said...

Carissimi Joe e Maria non abbiamo potuto conoscere di persona la vostra cara Nana ma dalle parole di Maria ci sentiamo tutti molto vicini a lei e a voi che l'avete persa.
Un abbraccio fortissimo a voi tutti.

Damiano e Irene said...

vi siamo molto vicini con la preghiera in questo momento difficile.
Siamo sicuri che ognuno di voi avra' almeno un momento in cui accennera' un dolce sorriso, ricordando quanti bei momenti avete trascorso insieme e quante cose Nana vi ha insegnato durante la sua vita...
Purtroppo saranno solo ricordi, ma proprio per questo resteranno dentro di voi per sempre.
Un grande abbraccio,

Therese said...

What a beautiful tribute! Praying for you!

Kim H. said...

Thinking of you and your family, Bia. Nana sounds like she was a pretty amazing lady.

Hugs, sweet friend!

GrandmaK said...

What a wonderful way to remember a very lovely lady! My sincerest sympathy. All are in my prayers! Cathy