Grandma Lina

she left her family in italy
to travel to New York
with grandfather
the gypsy who wore golden earrings
loved to play his mandolin
write and sing songs
write poetry
he was a dreamer, a storyteller
the grandfather that left this world
before i was born

lina was the realist, the hard worker
a woman who knew no bounds
to protect and feed her five children
who later in life spoke in tongues
and was considered a “holy roller”

to me..she was my playmate
my partner in the small stealing cookie crimes
my teacher in the art of rolling dough
and baking delectable italian treats
i can still smell the aroma of her cooking

i thought i would grow up and lina
would always be there
fate did not have it that way
lina died when i was a little girl
but every so often i have a lina day
when i think back and remember
my beautiful grandmother
whose laughter filled my heart with joy

lina, my beautiful grandmother

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  • G .
    G .over 4 years ago

    And thus the legacy of Lina lives on.. in the beautiful soul known as Sally O.. thanks for sharing a little bit of you, with all of us..

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    oh so precious …….. there is no one like granma. and you and her playing and stealing cookies and smelling the food from her . beautiful tribute, Sally. hugz♥.

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 4 years ago

    Grandmas Lina , I can smell the treats baking Sally! bet you licked the bowl with your finger too!Beautiful story my friend!


  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rover 4 years ago

    I don’t know if this is the same granma that called you Bella, and when I read this I remembered your poem and went back to It…Bella
    Another wonderful write from a loving grandaughter
    xoxo Iris

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Marvellour tribute to a wonderful woman. Great work Sally. Don.

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 4 years ago

    Beautiful write. Those memories are so precious. I still remember my grandmother (the other one died when I was two) and tell my son the stories she used to tell me. And so they live on. :-) xoxo

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneover 4 years ago

    This is so wonderful Sally … makes me think of my grandmother too! Bless xx

  • liesbeth
    liesbethover 4 years ago

    this is nice Sally.. so good to have such wonderfull memories of your grandmother.. your words show your love for her. xx

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    Sometimes I think our Grandmothers play a bigger part than our mothers .. they have greater gifts of time, unlimited fun & humour too! This is a beautiful tribute dear Sally xx

  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 4 years ago

    great story. tom

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