Altavilla, Sicily: Memories of a Happy Childhood by Calogero Lombardo

By Calogero Lombardo

"I wrote this booklet for the youngsters of the family members who won't ever understand what this position was once like," stated Calogero Lombardo. this is often greater than a recollection of early life stories. it really is an engaging and insightful examine the truth of Sicily and Sicilians, written with wit and a feeling of humor.

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Rosellina had a fever so they would not let us off the ship. They put us in quarantine and they were determined to use all forty days. They did not know what determination was. They had not reckoned on the power of a woman determined to take her family home after an eight-year separation. We were out of there in three days. Then we were swallowed up by this train monster that came out of the ground and brought us to Chicago. I was five years and eleven months old and that image, of the subway train coming out of that hole in the ground, is still one of the most powerful, terrifyingly exciting images I have ever experienced.

Your flowers will return to the vase Your stars will return But mothers don’t come back to their children. And she will not come back to hers. It is sort of a dialogue. A talk between my mother and her conscience, with the conscience finally convincing her that she has to reconcile that her mother is really dead and will never return. You can replace flowers in a vase, and the stars come back out every night, but you can’t replace a lost loved one. I guess it’s a variation on the thought prevalent in Sicilian society that you have only one mother.

He had never jumped the fence, since he knew how to unlatch the gate. But this time he jumped over the fence, he was frenzied. He knew. He must have known. The final service was held at Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, with interment at Mount Carmel. Right on top of Rosario. They didn’t spend much time together in life, but, per Dio, they would spend eternity together. The Godmother of Altavilla, Our Lady of Loreto, would not have to protect or defend her honor any more. She had been rejoined with her husband, finally, and all accounts were closed.

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