Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wearing her Italian Smile.

Today is a day of remembrance for me.

5 years ago today, My Nana passed away.

{My Nana: Italian: yes. Guidette: no.}

It's indescribable to explain how much I still miss her huge hugs, suction-cup kisses on my cheek and her effervescent smile. She was thoughtful, humorous and loved to laugh and I was beyond blessed to fall from her apple tree.

My Nana was Italian through and through: grew-up surrounded by immigrants, could cook a mean chicken cacciatore and would smack you upside the head if she saw you cutting your Spaghetti (real Italians twirl it around the fork).

{The Italian in me enjoys her wine}

I have been born and raised on the West Coast and my Nana was an East Coast girl to the

very end. However, this didn't stop her from being in my life in little ways- besides her visits to us or our visits to Pennsylvania to see her, she always found a way to be present. She emailed and called me constantly and during my years in college, I often would arrive at my dorm or sorority mailbox to be greeted by a sweet letter from her.

Yes, she always had a way of making my siblings and me feel special.

In fact, in an effort to familiarize her granddaughters with her strong Italian roots she referred to me as: "Caito-Alfredo" and my Sister, Jocelyn as "Joce-lini-Tortellini" - and this often was delivered in a sing-songy way much to our utter delight. She instilled in me a strong pride for our Italian background and if there's one cultural lesson I learned from her it's this: "Dress well and be a good hostess".

{Left: My Nana and Papa on their wedding day}

{Right: My Mom and My Nana... love their dresses}


It is hard to believe that it has been that long since I have seen her but I hope, wherever she is, she does see that there's still a bit of her floating around in all of us.

In me? I think I got the smile.


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25 comments:

this free bird said...

Miss Caitlin you most definitely got your grandmother's smile. I have a huge lump in my throat from reading your wonderful write-up. I know just how you feel - love and miss my grandma every day. **hugs** - Carrie

Blushingloves said...

Loved your postie doll!!!!You have lovely memories!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow, you definately have her smile!! Adore teh very first photo of her and the very first photo of you especially. Such a touching post too.

Sarah xo said...

Awh, what a sweet tribute! Your grandma certainly was a pretty young woman just like yourself. I love the retro fashion in those photos! xo

Leia said...

This is SUCH a heartwarming post. You really resemble her! And she seems like such a nice lady :)

bananas. said...

Your nana was beautiful! Gotta love the traditional italian woman. She knew what's up, in food and fashion ;)

And you most definitely got her smile.

Viv said...

beautiful post, you definitely got her smile :)


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Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

What a beautiful tribute post to your Nana :) I def see the same smile!

Vanessa said...

I'm sure she's still around, watching over you! & you definitely have here smile. 8)

Miss*Kimmy said...

You definitely got the beautiful smile! =)

kirstyb said...

fabulous xxxxx

Kristin said...

You definitely inherited her beauty. I bet your post brought he smile out in heaven!

Fleur said...

All my condolences to you and your family! I think you're very much like her - you are just as beautiful as she was.
My aunt is Italian and none in our family is allowed to cut spaghetti, she'd kill us;)

Erika said...

Awww...what a sweet tribute to your Nana - she is gorg! You definitely got her smile!! :)

Rasha said...

Def. the smile and beauty!

Katie said...

Oh, you absolutely have her smile. I lost my Mimi 5 years ago in August and I think of her pretty much every day. Still feels like they're around sometimes, doesn't it? Beautiful post :)

jociegal said...

Awwww - this almost just made me cry. I too can't believe it's been so long since we have seen her and I miss her so much. We are thinking about you, Nana!!!

Heather said...

Awww, so sad but what wonderful memories you have.
Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

Slamdunk said...

Lovely post and great tribute yo your Nana.

mirmirfosho said...

aww what a sweet post. guess you took her words of wisdom to heart though, with yo matching smile :-)

JessRaquel said...

I'm sorry about your Nana. I call my grandmother Nana also and I don't know what I would do without her! My Nana is German and Italian and I would starve if she didn't cook all the time! I think you look a lot like your Nana and I adore her wedding photo!

ellinelle said...

..awwww ..that is so sweet how you wrote about your granny , all the memories always and forewer stay in our hearts about loved ones ..

..I always thought that Italian women have such a charm and you definitely have that as well ..I love those black and white pictures and I love picture of you in wine cellar ..

LadyBugSays ... said...

Lovely post, is great that you have such happy memories of her! :)

Krista said...

Such a lovely post - and you're gorgeous, just like your Grandmother!

The Owl's Closet said...

this is a lovely dedication to ur nana, caitlin:) these are beautiful pics! the first pic is my favorite. u definitely got her smile:)