... Who have all helped to make me who I am.
|Gloria at about 65 years young|
|A great shot of 4 generations. L-R: Aurora, Donna, Gloria, Great Grandma (Aurora's mother)|
My Paternal Grandmother, Marie Cresci/Noni, an immigrant of Bedonia, a small Italian village in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy (Parma). I can't imagine what the boat ride over here must have been like for her and her new husband at 18 years of age, or what it must have been like traveling all the way across the country to settle with other family members in Marin, and then try to assimilate into this new world where no one spoke her language. She did not even write her own language of Italian since the girls in her village were groomed for marriage and raising a family, so school was a luxury they couldn't afford. Then to raise 7 children of her own in San Rafael (my father being the youngest), never having any communication with the family left back in Bedonia.
And to all the mothers behind Gloria, Aurora, Marie, and Dasie.
|Me and my 3 sisters having fun. L-R: Me, Donna, Tina, Nancy.|
Happy Mother's Day to the amazing women in my life.
You have all had a part in building my character and successes; and I thank you, each and every one.
And in closing, please help me by sending prayers of strength and comfort to my dear friend and her husband at this time, that Hospice is keeping him comfortable and his transition to the other world comes quickly and peacefully.