Our Italian Side
Many of us are several generations away from our Italian ancestors that emigrated from Italy all those years ago. We have lived elsewhere for all our lives, as our parents before us have. Still, we hold our Italian side close, hungry for all things Italian—and not just the food, although it plays a big part in Italian life.
Sometimes one family member feels it more than the others. Is it a kind of genetic memory or just an appreciation of the culture that has been passed down through the generations? Whatever it is, we continue identify strongly with our Italian side even if we have never been to Italy.
Our ancestors settled in lands far from Italy, learned a new language and adopted new customs. Some adapted their names to their new country–Giorgio became George or Jorge, etc. They struggled to blend and find acceptance but, lucky for us, they kept alive and passed down their Italian traditions. I find a special comfort in cooking a recipe that my grandmother taught my mother, who in turn, taught me.
What are some of your ancestors’ traditions that you keep alive?
How do you stay connected to your Italian side?