#grandma Lillian, #mom @maryloudodd9815, me at 6 years old & my #babysister @tarabella7: right before I got on a plane and spent my first summer in Italy, without my parents! Nonna, zio Carlo, zio Gerardo & Auntie Maria, Zio Mario & Zia Rita took good care of me during what was my foremost formative cultural inspiration! #1990#memories
My cousins are getting remarried, so it’s time to visit our family’s #romancatholic#parish ! This is the #church where my parents were married, I was baptized, had my first holy communion, was reconciled, confirmed, and all my family’s funerals et cetera are here at #chiesa#santamariagoretti , named after an 8 year old girl who committed suicide rather than be married to her elderly uncle... (it’s right across the parking lot from #commonwealthstadium on the edge of the #McCauley / #littleitaly neighbourhood here in #Edmonton )... OMG I FORGOT HOW MONOTONOUS & DEPRESSSING #italianchurch SERVICES ARE HERE! But I remember almost all the harmonies in the hymns (although the choirmaster seems to have forgotten), I LOVE the taste of #Jesus ’s body in wafer form & I’m one of the tallest people here = #silverlining#recoveringcatholic#italiancanadian ... I can’t help but thinking of all the times, happy & sad, I’ve spent in this #holybuilding , and can only imagine the future memories to be made here... #amen !
I left a few traces of my existence behind in #parcex , notably these #foamwigs I’ve had for over 13 years & only used a handful of times... #storyofmylife ... hopefully the #imprint I’ve made on #montreal has been greater & more positive #lol ... photo par @peacheslepage