Thursday, November 8, 2012

"An Italian Summer Picnic"

Sunday Summer picnics I will never forget. I never slept the night before. I would be so excited about Sunday. We would wake up at 5:00 to get to 6:00 Mass. After Mass we would get ice, then pick up my mother and meet who ever was going. This painting shows my mothers girlfriends Lucy (we called her "DODO" she was always doing something ) on the left with her mother Camella on the right. Next to Camella are her three daughters Martha, Gloria and Tootsie with her hand on her dog. In front of Gloria is her son Gearard. My brother Michael is next to Tootsie. In the back row is Lucy's brother Louie my parents and Lucy's husband Mike.
My mother would cook sauce from scratch. We ate and drank all day. Wine, beer and soda for us. The feast lasted all day.
I remember once saying to my mother, Ma.. I saw these people.. they came into the park with a little basket. They pulled a blanket from the basket and sat down Then they took a sandwich from the basket and began to eat it. She replied "They don't know how to eat."

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