I was born during the depression and of course I was an accident. My Mother had my brother Angelo who was six years old. My brother Mike who was three years old and my sister Jennie who was a year and one half old. So was I welcomed with open arms? Yes! And you know why? Because we lived with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Gracie, Uncle Joey, Uncle Jimmy, and we all loved each other. Was I loved? You bet I was.
I remember getting slapped everyday and knew I deserved it. They would all say we slap you because we love you. But that was so hard to believe. I guess it was all true cause I grew up respecting my elders. To this day I never regret my parents being strict and leading us the right way.
Of course the teenage years were tough because we weren’t able to date until we were 16. But my sister and I would say we were going to the library and instead we met our boyfriends and made out. Now by making out it was just kissing and that was it. Making out today means going all the way. I fell in love at eighteen married at 19 had two beautiful sons, John and Joe. I also have four grand children and two great grand children. Ashley and Joseph. Their Daddy is my grandson and we all live together.
I’m 81 years old and have been married 61 years. My husband just passed away recently and I look back and say to myself, “How lucky was I to have such a wonderful life” Life is what you make of it. Believe me I had my share of ups and down. But how great if you could maximize the good things and minimize the sad and hurtful things that happen is your life. My personality could do that. I’m still working 3 days a week as a hairdresser and am still raising my great Grand daughter. Most people say how do you do it. And I say I love every minute of it.
Today my favorite thing to do is have lunch with my baby twin sisters who are 72 and who my mother trusted me at 8 years old to raise them. We do love each other and often talk about our lives and how lucky we were to be raised in a warm, loving family. We love to get together and cook our favorite Italian recipes.