by Gina D'Abruzzo
Nonna Anna was not only Nonna Anna to her family, but a Nonna Anna to everyone she met whether it be friends extended family, or in laws. She loved living on upper levels because she liked her windows and views of neighborhood surroundings. Whenever anyone would pass her home they knew to look up and there she was always Out the window with her arms out embracing the world. Every morning she would start her day by spreading open her curtains and lifting her window leaving it open with her lil italian wooden stick aka 4 by 4 and wish the world of god a good morning. .Every day She would feed her birds that came to see her and swore it was always her loved ones she lost within those birds carrying their spirits to her each day. In her world god was her doctor, she trusted him more than anything. She knew whether good or bad it was gods plan. As a young child I remember spending nights at her home in Arthur avenue where she lived directly across from mt Carmel church and she would pray out the window n I would say but Nonna how to pray she would tell me just thank god for tutti familigia and I would sit there and go through grandparents to every aunt uncle cousin brother sister in the family thanking god for giving me them. It took a while but eventually my prayers were done. Anyone she met she had made them special to her and always ask how they were never forgetting a soul. She had a heart of gold and loved cooking to feed an army... I guess thats where I get that from. She was always the caretaker of everyone and had all the strength in the world which would leave the rest of us wondering where she got it from and hoping we can be just as strong as her. Whenever she would go anywhere she brought a luggage, whether it be the park, beach,or even your home. If she were traveling she a had a cadalic trunk up to the front seat with pots pans food pillows and more. Nonna always was dressed to impress head to toes everything had to match even if it was a shade or two off , all the way to her make up. She was an icon of her dark hair, fair skin , bright lipstick which was green and came on either pink or red ,with her rosie cheeks and bright nail polish. Since a young women raising 7 children she has worked, very hard and struggled to support and build a foundation for her family which she stands as a legacy. She was a woman with dignity whatever it was she dealt with it . Nonna had never made you feel ashamed , rejected, empty or unloved. She was filled with lots of love , hugs , kisses and smiles from eat to ear. You could never do any wrong even if you were she would just listen and tell you don't worry ''io pragga tu" which meant" I pray for you". Some of Nonnas other favorite lines if you were eating over or hanging out were la she sta meta la disha washa which meant leave it alone or she will put it in the dish washer. Apri a locchi or schtata corte which meant keep your eyes open and stay safe watch everything wherever you go and that was usually If you had a dream and shared it with her or were leaving to go somewhere she would say it before you left her house. I guess life as some say is about memories which is very true. And when we lose a loved one we are not really losing them because of the thoughts , memories and traditions that person leaves behind that's what lives on forever through family members and loved ones. Keeping the foundation they built and carrying their spirits through you is the importance of what is left behind . The good in your hearts to carry on from Nonnas well built legacy. We love you Nonna and will miss you but most importantly we will live on with all your memories, hard work in keeping our families together and strong . A place where forgiveness will always be our guidance. And in the end like a famous song by frank Sinatra she is singing "i did it my way" while dancing in a ballroom with grandpa Nicky and all those she has longed to reunite with.