Monthly Archives: September 2013

Lost Treasures of the 20th Century

I was sitting back today thinking of my childhood and the childhood of this generation. I had to laugh when I thought of my granddaughter coming up to me and asking me about a record album she had seen in my family room, she wanted to know what it was. I tried to explain that is what we call a vinyl record and that’s how we listened to music growing up, she looked at me like I had three heads. So I took out my record player, yes I still have my old record player from my sixteenth birthday, put the record on and let it play, she then turned to me and said really grandma that’s what you listen to, and I said you bet. I also explained that we would save up our allowance to buy records monthly.  And then she laughed when I showed her my transistor radio yes I still have that to along with my brownie camera, my tiny tears doll and my Gerber baby.

Going out and playing my god we would leave the house in the morning and wouldn’t come home to dinner, never do I ever remember saying I was bored, or did I even otter those words or know what that was.  But the kids today when you say go out and play they ask you what your suppose to do, REALLY.  The last thing we wanted was to stay in the house.

We had one telephone in the house and I remember at one time having a party line, when I told my grandchildren that they actually thought it was a party line they said wow how cool to have a party on the phone. UGH

It sadden me to think what this generation is missing, fun today is how much you can spend on them, or what electronic device can keep them occupied.

I laugh when I go into a bathroom and you don’t even have to flush a toilet anymore or turn on a faucet. I hate to ask what’s next. Kids today half of them can’t tell time on a clock, handwrite, or tie their shoes. They have to wear a helmet and knee and elbow pads to ride a bike. And it just makes me nuts every time I hear well it’s not politically correct. All I know I and my brothers and friends and all the kids of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s survived and are here today to talk about this. I hope you all enjoy my blog please leave comments.record record player gerber_doll tiny tears

Italian Quotes


Italian families stick together through thick and thin. We Fight and love so intensely, but in the end we will always be family. It’s not uncommon for families to live together even after the children are married with families of their own. With family acting as such an integral part of every day life, no wonder there are so many wonderful Italian quotes about family. So what is your favorite family quote?
Things you heard when you where growing up and have been etched in your mind for life and you know will be passed down to your children. Come on and share..

Ok Here are a few:

Amor di madre, amore senza limiti…..A mother’s love has no limits. 

Chi si volta, e chi si gira, sempre a casa va finire…..-
No matter where you go or turn, you will always end up at home.
Il sangue non e acqua.
Blood is not water. Or Blood is thicker than water. Or, family comes first no matter what.

Per un orecchio entra e per l’atro esce.
In one ear and out the other.

Giovane ozioso, vecchio bisognoso.
If you’re lazy when you’re young, you’ll be poor when you’re old.

Chi tova un amico trova un tesoro. : He who finds a friend, finds a treasure.

A tavola non si invecchia.
At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.

: Casa mia, casa mia
Home sweet home.

Dio benedici questa casa.
God bless this house

Ogni brutto figghio pe’la mamma pare nu giglio.
Every ugly child looks like a lily to his mother.

Fur Slipper Gang of Chicago


A friend of mine told me this story the other day and found it so cool. He  can remember his mother telling him a story about when she was about eight or ten years old (she was born in 1929) that she lived in an apartment building with her family that also had a bank robbing gang living in the building. (his mother and his aunt were paid $5 to keep their mouths shut. lol ) They were called the Fur Slipper Gang because they would have a woman dress up as an old lady with slippers. She would rob the bank while the other gang member(s) stayed in the getaway car. His mother told him they got caught when the police were canvassing the neighborhood and knocked on the robbers apartment door and the woman who answered the door was still wearing the slippers from when she dressed up as an old lady to rob the bank.  Has anyone else ever heard of them? The lived at 624 May St. And when I looked up the 1940 Census records sure enough I found them. They where arrested on Feb. 4 1940. Five members of the “fur slipper gang” were indicted (one was a woman). They robbed over a hundred banks.

Italain Superstitions Malocchio

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Did you know that the Italian culture has so many superstitious beliefs? Some superstitions are so prevalent, so ingrained in the culture, that they dictate
even the smallest details of everyday life. I can vouch for this because I’m
from an Italian Family and my Grandparents and my aunts and uncles, and many family friends were constantly warning us of these things we must do or not do as I was growing up.

Here’s are some of the most common superstitions :


The curse of the evil eye. Anyone can cast the evil eye intentionally or accidentally. All it to pay someone a compliment while feeling jealous or envious. My Grandmother use to give the TV set the evil eye if someone was doing something she didn’t like. She was adorable. The symptoms of malocchio curse can be moderate
to severe including migraine headaches, to fatigue and dizziness, or a soccer
team losing four straight games, and so on and so forth. The remedy for the evil eye involves a special ceremony performed by a grandmother or mother or aunt who has be taught the ancient ritual to dispel the evil eye.
They drip olive oil into a bowl of water. If the oil beads in a circle around the perimeter of a bowl, she must pray to a female saint for the cure. If the oil beads in a row through the center, they must pray to a male saint.


If a bird should fly into your home, be very afraid, for this is a sure sign of death.


Bread is most revered in Italy. When baking bread, always make the sign of the cross over the dough before baking.  And when taking the bread out of the oven, never let the bread slide upside down when removing it from the baking pans. This is considered disrespectful to the body of Christ. When you go to visit someone’s home for the first time, take a loaf of bread, it insures they never go hungry.  Also no matter how stale the bread is, it  must never be thrown away without kissing it first.

Selling your home:

When Italians want to sell their home, for good luck, they bury a small statue of Saint Joseph upside down facing towards the home.

Itchy Nose:

When your nose itches, it means your going to either kiss a fool or a fool is going to kiss you.

Pregancy Cravings:

Cravings, WHAT EVER YOU DODON’T TOUCH YOURSELF! Why? Because if you don’t have what you’re craving and touch yourself, your baby will be born with a birth mark in the same place you touch yourself and with the shape of your craving. Don’t believe me? My son has a birth mark of a steak on his back. REALLY he does.


Italian, we consider lucky numbers to be 10, 25, and 7. There are some numbers we consider unlucky, like 17, 90, and 48. Wednesday the 13th and Friday the 17th are unlucky days during the month. The number 90 is a scary number (this is from Sicily).

Le Corna or Red Hot Pepper:

In southern Italy, we have some objects that give us good luck, like a red hot pepper and “le corna.” The symbol for “le corna” is a hand with only two fingers pointing down. When a baby is born, we put a good luck object like these under the mattress of the baby’s crib to keep away bad luck. But “le corna” has a different meaning when the two fingers are pointing up. That means your wife or your husband is cheating on you!


Itchy Hand:

An old superstition about itching hands says that money is either coming or going according to which hand? If it is the left yoy receive money, if it is  the right you pay out?

Saint Christopher Medal:

A Saint Christopher medal can be found in a Italians car, he is the patron saint of motorists, he allegedly protect his fellow driver.

Visting Family and Friends:

Never ever go to anyones house empty handed, always, always bring something, to show your repect and graitude for them welcoming you into their homes.

I hope you all enjoy these. Looking back on all these makes me smile, and I thank the lord everyday that I was born Italian and brought up with such a wonderful loving Italian Family.  And even thought many have passed on who taught these superstitions, they will always be passed down from generation to generation. Because that is the Italian way. Viva Italia!!!!!!