My mother was born in a small town in northern Italy. She was three when her parents immigrate to America in 1926. They lived in Chicago, when my grandfather worked making ice-cream. Mama thrive in the urban environment.
At 16, she graduated first in her high school class, went on to secretary school, and finally worked as an executive secretary for a railroad company. She was beautiful too.When a local photographer used her pictures his monthly window display, she felt pleased.
Her favorite portrait showed her sitting by Lake Michigan, her hair went brown, her gaze reaching toward the horizon.
My parents were married in 1944. Dad was a quiet and intelligent man. He was 17 when he left Italy. Soon after, a hit-and-run accident left him with a permanent limp，Dad worked hard selling candy to Chicago office workers on their break. He had little formal schooling. His English was self-taught. Yet he eventually built a small successful whole sale candy business.
Dad was generous and handsome. Mama was devoted to him. After she married, my mother quit her job and gave herself to her family. In 1950, with three small children, dad moved the family to a farm 40 miles from Chicago. He worked the land and commuted to the city to run his business. Mama said good-bye to her parents and friends, and traded her busy city neighborhood for a more isolated life. But she never complained.