September 14, 2007
When I walked into my grandparents’ familiar home, I expected to see my
grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins; instead, however, I walked inside
to find two strangers. No, they were not robbing the house, they were
cooking! I tried to ask them who they were and why they were inside my
grandparents house, but they both stood there, stirring their food, and
staring at me. I repeated myself saying, “hello. May I ask who you are?”
and this time one of them responded in broken English, “hello. Robbie I
am. Cousin of Charlene.” Well considering Charlene is my grandmother, I
figured they must have been her guests. Shortly after, my grandmother
walked inside and introduced the girls. Their names were Robbie and
Nadia and they had come from Torino, Italy to stay with their American
relatives. While they stayed with us, they taught us a little about our
culture, including the language, popular dishes, and the typical Italian
lifestyle. Today I am going share with you first how their visit inspired me
to learn more about my heritage, second why my ancestors came to
America, and finally how I have incorporated my Italian background more
into my daily life.
NEED CENTRAL IDEA?
Prima di tutto, or first in Italian, let me introduce you to my Italian culture.
At first thought, what are your perceptions of Italy? Most people think of