Musings of an Italian-American Catholic wife, mother, and writer

Musings of an Italian-American Catholic wife, mother, and writer

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Nonna's Heroes


In response to yesterday's post, Hero Worship ... What Not to Admire, my zia Tiziana left this comment about the silent hero ... my Nonna's kind of hero.

How true are your words. We all have heroes, and sometimes it is difficult to believe that they are only poor humans like us, with faults and weaknesses. For our Nonna, however, the true heroes were people like her parents who, even though they weren’t rich, worked hard – without running water, heat, electricity, refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, iron, television, etc. – and yet they were able to raise their four daughters in serenity, happiness and faith. Nonna always remembered her childhood as the happiest time of her life. She would always say, “Yes, we were poor, but how much fun we had running in the fields, talking and singing in the barn (the warmest place to gather), and we appreciated the simplest things.” Maybe the true heroes are those who silently help others and perhaps they are the only ones who can truly help God “hang the moon”.
~Tizi
Nonna and me
Verona 1967

1 comment:

Bia said...

from Tizi ...

Cara Maria, anche questa volta il tuo blog ha cancellato la mia risposta, comunque avevo scritto che volevo ringraziarti moltissimo, mi hai veramente commosso. Poi ho parlato della foto che mi ha molto emozionato perchè non me la ricordavo. Guarda la nonna che faccia felice e soddisfatta che ha.
Eri la prima nostra nipotina americana ed eravamo (e siamo) così orgogliosi di te. La nonna era così contenta della famiglia d'oltre oceano che tutto il paese conosceva la vostra storia. Pensa come deve avervi voluto bene se è riuscita a fare dei viaggi così lunghi (anche da sola) per venirvi a trovare, senza conoscere nemmeno l'inglese.
Ciao e grazie ancora.
PS: un uccellino mi ha detto che ieri hai faticato veramente tanto a preparare il pranzo domenicale, pasticcio e tiramisù....ma dove trovi il tempo???