This week Nonna came over my house and we sorted through her wedding album- which at this point is a box full of photographs from her younger years growing up in Trieste Italy and her wedding.
These photographs played such a key part in my life. They've allowed me to appreciate my grandparents, my heritage, and the endeavor of coming to America from Italy in the late 50's. I can't even imagine leaving my entire family to go to a country I've never been, with no job lined up, no savings, and little knowledge of the English language. After my grandparents married, they left Trieste for a little apartment in West Philadelphia and we've been here ever since.
My Nonno's passing in 2008 has been difficult for our family. But these photographs of happy times let us remember him so fully and remind us that love and happiness can come from struggle and hard times.