I was an only child--odd for an Italian family--but so was my cousin Gary so we grew up sorta like brothers.
The Uncles told Gary stuff I never got to hear since he was three years older. I knew it was about girls, and since Italians talk with their hands, I had a pretty good idea of what they were saying, and I wanted in on it
The Uncles cooked--it was kinda like an Italian sporting event. A lot of it was done to impress the Uncle’s dates, wives, or their mother, Sophia--my grandmother.
Mothers are very important to Italian men. The women come and go, but mothers are there until the end.
It’s said Italian men marry their mothers and chase every
My Grandpa Carlo said it never changed no matter how old they got.