I’ve been writing this post in my head for almost one month. I just can’t wait any longer to get these thoughts down.
One of the goals I had when I began this blog was to connect with family members I had never met, particularly any one in Italy who I am related to. I didn’t count on meeting anyone new here in the United States let alone my state. It gets better, they live within one hours’ time of my house! And they are from Italy and speak with Italian-American accents. Anna sounds just like my grandmother did so listening to her over the phone was like music to my ears. As I type this I just know that by the time I leave their house tomorrow I will be talking with the very same accent. It’s just how I am.
I am busy baking some almond and cranberry biscotti to bring along with me. I also had some old family photos put into a collage to give to Mike and Anna as a gift from me. I am not sure they have copies of these pictures so I wanted them to have their own copies. About three years ago my eldest first cousin did a family tree and history of our Italian ancestors which included over 300 family pictures. Some of these pictures were sent from Italy to my grandmother during her lifetime. When she passed away they went to her oldest son, my uncle. When he passed away I guess they went to his oldest son, the cousin who put together the family tree. He made digital copies and scanned many items for our extended family to enjoy.
I’m not sure if anyone but he and I are into this whole family tree thing. I know it’s important to me to learn about my ancestors and who shaped the person I am today. Like I said in the beginning of this post, I am super excited for tomorrow and the first of many visits. Mike has no surviving parents or siblings and the rest of the family is in Italy, all but those who are from my grandmother’s offspring. I will be taking photos tomorrow and sharing photos with Mike and Anna as well.
I’d like to end this post with a family portrait of my great-grandparents on my father’s maternal side. It included my grandmother, Mike’s mother, and my uncle is the youngest child in the picture.