My great grandmother called me the other day to tell me that her older sister, Frances, was in a book. The book, called Farms, Factories and Families is a compilation of stories told by Italian women who emigrated to Connecticut.
The book reads like a card deck of short stories and life lessons that make you appreciate those family members who struggled every day to build a better life for their children and grandchildren. Having heard so many of my great grandmother’s stories about her childhood I was surprised to read a story I had not heard before. The story about my great grandma and her sister waking up before sunrise to bake bread for their family made me appreciate how lucky I am to have grown up in the United States and how fortunate I am to have been given such great opportunities to further my education.
Check it out, it’s worth a read.