Easter Bread

The tradition continues….

Started by my Italian Grandma

Continued by my aunt

And now it’s my job – to carry on the tradition

Eddie helps now

Each year the Easter Bread is made with love

Each year we miss the family members that have left us

But each year we deliver the bread to family and friends

The tradition continues


Go Away!

GO Away

I’m really sick of you ruining our lives.

You come at the most inconvenient times.

You think it’s ok to ruin a vacation.

GO Away

I’m really sick of the problems you create.

You cause us not to sleep.

You think it’s ok to play these games.

GO Away

I’m really sick of the headaches you cause.

You make us miss important events in our lives.

You think this is a game.

GO Away

…..You stupid sick kidneys…..



Off the grid

It’s nice to be off the grid.

Camping in the cold

Just enjoying the quality time.

So for now I’m off the grid

No technology

Enjoying nature

Still cold but off the grid!

How did she know?

How did she know I had one of those days?

Twenty-one gun salute

Shell casings

The flag

The box

The tears

The honor

The folded flag

The three shell casings stuck into the folder flag

The hugs

The memories

The end

How did she know I had one of those days when she presented me with the bag of kit- kats.


Walk Up

Today was the day where students were walking out….

Well, many schools chose to walk up instead….

Walk up to a new friend

Walk up and say hello

Walk up to a shy kid

Walk up to a stranger

Walk up and tell someone they did a good job

Walk up and apologize

Walk up and hand out positive notes

Walk up and thank a teacher

Walk up and give a hug

Walk up and just be kind

That was the most important message today.


Be Better Than Yesterday

Luck – who needs luck.

In fact, I always joke “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck”

I live my life one day at a time.

Long term goals have changed constantly.

I’ve learned that nothing is promised.

No one is doing things for you.

Don’t rely on others.

I was taught to give 100% each day – ALWAYS.

That’s is what I try to do each day.

Some days, I would love to throw in the towel.

Instead, I simply say “Are you kidding me?”


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to say that.

So when, I bought new gym shoes last year, they arrived and I looked inside to find…

“Be Better Than Yesterday”  written in pink.

I take that as a sign!  Sometimes I need that reminder to not throw in the towel.

Now you know the secret hidden in my running shoes.



A Hug

TGIF – or so I thought until I met the students outside.

A frown

One of my little guys looked so sad.

He came in, grabbed breakfast, and sat down.

Head down.

I watched him a few minutes.

Then asked, “You OK?”

He replied with a head shake NO.

I asked, “Do you want to talk about it?”

He replied with a head shake NO.

I asked, “Did you have a bad morning?”

He shook his head YES.

I asked, “Are you just feeling sad?”

He shook his head YES.

I asked, “Do you need a hug?”

He shrugged…..

I said, “I’m going to give you one.”

I gave him a hug and the tears poured out.

He held on for a minute then let go.

Then, I told him to try and eat his breakfast so he didn’t get a bellyache.

I held back my tears – barely….

I can’t fix his loss.

I got him a Kleenex and he wiped the tears from his eyes.

He tried to eat.

Then, he read with a few students who tried to cheer him up.

After about 20 minutes, he laughed with the boys and forgot for a moment.

Escaping the memories at least until he goes home.




My grandma was born. She was born in a small little village in the bottom of the boot in Italy.  When she was 10 she took a boat to the United States. (Yes a boat!)  She came through Ellis Island.  She meet my grandpa at the age of 12 – who by the way came to the United States by boat as well and was from the small little village in Italy (Small world).  My grandpa was planning on marrying another girl, but then he met my grandma and fell in love.  So at the age of 13 and 15 they got married.  My grandma learned English from a lady she met in the park, but never learned to write in English.  My grandma had my aunt when she was 14.  They year was 1913. As you can see things were much different back then. They went on to have 6 more children.

Fast forward 18 years…. 2 of my uncles were fighting in World War 2 when my mom was born.  So now there were 8 children.   My uncles got a letter saying they had a new baby sister.  No one could believe it!

When my mom was 3, her big sister died.  Now a days she would have been fine – but because there was not a lot of medicine back then, she did not make it.

My grandma did not have an easy life…. but she had a lot of love.  I never got to know my grandpa since he died before my parents met, but gram always told stories.

Many memories….

Chicken Soup Sundays, spaghetti and meatballs, cudach, Easter bread….


Grandma died

But the memories live on…..

The rest of her children lived long lives…. 73, 83, 85, 92, 95, 87…. yes that’s how old they were when they died.  I was spoiled to have all of them for so long.

Now, the baby – my mom who was so much younger than all of her brothers and sisters is the only one left.

Grandma would be proud of her!

All because of 1899.