By Calogero Lombardo
"I wrote this publication for the kids of the kinfolk who won't ever recognize what this position used to be like," stated Calogero Lombardo. this is often greater than a recollection of early life thoughts. it really is an enticing and insightful examine the truth of Sicily and Sicilians, written with wit and a feeling of humor.
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One day, sometime before sixteen hundred, the few inhabitants of la Milicia saw a ship sailing toward Palermo; it was having difficulty passing Cape Zafferano. So they turned the prow toward land and called to the people. The people offered to give them the sacred image, which they had kept hidden, to help guide the ship. The pirates, thinking they could not negotiate the cape because of some magic powers in the image, at first were going to throw it overboard, but on second thought just gave it back, those Mohammedans, into Christian hands.
She is still one of my friends, and her family and our family have remained friends to this day. She is married to Nicola Incandela, the foremost baker in Altavilla. They also own the town’s only Supermercato. They got the idea when they made their first visit to America in the year of Mariella’s birth. As a matter of fact in that summer of sixty, Concetta acted as Mary’s nanny at fifteen hundred north Cleveland Avenue, while my grandmother was at work and my mother was still recovering from having had Mary four months earlier.
The only stigmatizing factor was his refusal to eat potatoes afterward. For the rest of his life he did not, would not, eat potatoes. “I manciaiu surdatu,” he would protest. ” When he returned from the military, they started producing the royal kids. First Salvatore in forty-four, the twins in forty-seven, the same day Al Capone died (what a benchmark! ), me in the big five-oh, and Rosellina in fifty-two. They didn’t have Mary until we had been in America awhile, in sixty. All the while Mastru Nofriu worked, mostly in Palermo, rebuilding the University, building houses.
Altavilla, Sicily: Memories of a Happy Childhood by Calogero Lombardo