1. The Garden / Yard
My nonno was so proud of his garden. I remember there always being fresh tomatoes when I went over. He loved to smoke cigars. I remember him always feeding the birds by the alley in the back. He seemed to really love relaxing outside and being in the sun.
2. The Broken English
My grandparents primarily spoke Italian in the house. They would only speak English when talking to us. I always remember overhearing their conversations and going, what the heck are they saying.
3. The Toys
They had a closet full of toys in the house just for my sister and me. My grandma knew I liked video games, so she let me hook up a PlayStation to their TV. They didn’t care about wasted space in the home for our stuff.
4. Leaving With Money
It was always exciting to visit. This was because I knew I would always get handed $20 for “ice cream.” I would feel like I was rich.
5. Feeling Welcomed
My parents never hired a babysitter. We would always go spend the night by my grandparents instead. We could stay over or visit at any time. They were always happy to have us there. We were never a burden.
6. Family Pictures
There were tons of family pictures in every single room. Wedding photos, baby photos, and photos of our cousins were everywhere.
7. The Food
Pasta for days. We always ate well. I remember my grandma knew I liked bread and butter, so I had like 50 pieces of bread and butter every time I went over.