|Andy and I at Ciao's for her birthday,|
June 25, 2013.
We also took a trip to Columbus to visit my mom's first cousin Bill Form, age 96, and his wife Joan, both retired OSU professors. They are the last of the World War II generation, the folks who remember the Depression, FDR, Pearl Harbor, the war abroad and the war at home. "The Greatest Generation," Tom Brokow called them. I think they were. Bill, who studied under famed sociologist C. Wright Mills, many years ago, pioneered in the field of indudstrial sociology, the sociology of work and workers. Joan pioneered in the field of women and sociology. They both continue to do research and write, Joan on the origin of gender differences and Bill about our Italian immigrant family. Bill's traced his and my mom's family to the Waldensians, Italian protestants,in northern . Italy. It's a fasinating story and Bill tells it beautifully. I always wondered why my family was protestant when every other Italian immigrant famiuly we knew was Caatholic. Ity helped that my grandgfather Curro, my dad's da, was from a Frnch hugonaut family at some point. So Bill continues to tie together bits and pieces of our family history. He is leaving a great legacy to our family.
So we reminisced, my sister and I. Good old-fashioned gatherings of the clan up North. Sisters celebrating. Celebrating sisters.
Next up: a trip down to Tallahassee for a gathering of the Southern clan. We can root for the sminoles or the g ators or the bulldogs, listen to nieces with Southern accents, and relive the glory days of growing up the children and grandchildren of the Greatest Generation. In the meantime, memories sustain us!
|Andy with kids and grandkids and great-grandson Philip|
|Visit to Columbus to see Bill Form, age 96, our mom's|
first cousin, the last of that generation, and his wife Joan;
and walks around the 'hood. .
|At a Toledo Mud Hens game..|
|With Mud Hens Mascot!|