People in the picture are Rita, Joseph and Lucy. It would have been a lovely party. Family and guests were coming from all over the country and Italy. The reason for the party?
Aunt Lucy is 100 years old.
The party was cancelled because Aunt Lucy began to suffer with a crippling knee. She now has to walk with a walker.
Aunt Lucy's sister, Vedia who is 92 years old was coming from Italy with her daughter and two grandsons.
Aunt Lucy was born in Controne, Italy on November 23, 1903. She came to the United States when she was 20 years old. She met and was courted by Alphonse DiMasi and married him on November 25, 1925. Aunt Lucy and Uncle Al had two sons, Sabino, Vincent and two daughters, Annette, Rose.
From Aunt Lucy and Al came nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
One of her grandsons trained with the New York Yankees as a pitcher.
Aunt Lucy will always be known for her hospitality, not only for her children but also for anyone who came to her house. She had the ability to "put on a table" while we were still saying hello.
She was a gourmet cook for her meals and pastry.
She belongs to an organization in Revere, Massachusetts called the "Smart Set."
She is also an avid gardener, cultivating her tomato, cucumber and pepper plants.
Since the party was cancelled, I deemed it necessary to honor Aunt Lucy for her 100 years on this planet. I went to the Paci market in Saugus and went up and down the rows of food and picked non-perishable items. Things like Torone, Jordan almonds, cherries, anything that can be put on a shelf so that Annette can put it out "on the table." I felt that I spent about $80.00, but when I got to the register I actually spent $240.00. I guess I picked out all the gourmet foods.
The basket was so large and heavy that the manager had to put it on a dolly and wheel it to my car. I then drove to Revere and with the help of Annette, presented the gift to my dear sweet Aunt.
But, do you know what -- Aunt Lucy is worth it.