I came across the most perfect Mother’s Day inspiration today. My AMAZING mom posted a pic of my nana (who passed about 6 years ago) on her Facebook page. Then my crazy family started commenting and posting snippets of Theresa-isms.
Anyone out there from a crazy Italian/American family with all the stereotypes? The made up “italian” words, the hugs, the yelling, the love, the EATING, the traditions?
Then you’ll relate.
Nana passed when she was 96. (I know…I’m in for a long life, her sister is still kicking at 100.) In all seriousness, I swear it’s from the lack of preservatives; everything was homemade, the wine consumption, her undying faith in God, and her ENORMOUS love of her family. I miss the crap out of her and I am so grateful that she was here with us for so many memories. My mom reminds me more and more of her everyday now that I have kids of my own. I can only hope to be half the woman, mom, and nana that each of these ladies were and are.
What ended up being posted today was a hilarious video that my cousin Janine and her husband shot during a road trip to Easter at my Aunts house. This was the very last Easter we had my nana around.
As hilarious as it is, there are many lessons to be learned here from a wise old Italian Nana. I will list them here:
- She’s so humble when given a compliment.
- Family holidays are a very big deal. Do not take them for granted. Travel if needed to keep a tradition going.
- Wearing a rain hat will prevent frizz.
- Even if someone is filming you in a car, it’s important to say your prayers.
- She loved all of our significant others so very much and treated them like part of the family.
- When asked if we can do a holiday meal without the meatballs and braciole, the obvious answer is no. Traditions are meant to be kept.
- She’s listening and understands everything you are saying even if she doesn’t respond right away or at all.
- When you ask whats wrong and when she says “Nothin”, that means something. Watch out.
- If you piss her off, her silence is deadly.
- When all is said and done, Family is first, ALWAYS. Forgive and forget.
- Bonus: When you arrive at the destination, you arrive humble and kind and ready for a good time.
So without further adieu, I’m going to give you a gift. I hope you laugh your ass off and can see why we all loved her so very much.
xo friends and Happy Mother’s Day!!