I know I've been silent lately around the blog, and I wanted to share a bit about that. A couple of weeks ago, on June 21st, my Nonno passed away. In his 87 years, he and my Nonna built an incredible life for themselves and for those of us that followed.
They raised five amazing children, who, along with their spouses, are some of the most compassionate and loving individuals I've ever met. There are 12 grandchildren, but for most of my younger years, there were just 6 of us, and we spent Sunday's at Nonna and Nonno's creating memories that we all cherish. Today there are 38 of us, including great-grandchildren, and to say we're a close family would be an understatement.
We will all miss hearing the tales of growing up in Rome in the 1930's and the mischief he would get into. We will never forget the sound of his flawless voice which rivaled Pavarotti's. And I think I speak for everyone in my family when I say that we all feel much heavier in the heart knowing that won't be able to sit down with him one more time - Nonno at the head of the table, keeping us all in line - to enjoy a delicious meal cooked by my Nonna, and a couple glasses of wine.
I've certainly tackled the topic of death here on this blog: talking to children about it, facing our fear of it - but there is nothing more jarring then when you lose someone you love, no matter their age. Death is a reminder of how delicate and brief our time here truly is. It's a red flag, waving high, telling you to cherish every moment and use them wisely.
With all that in mind, I've decided to take a blogging break for the summer. I will be doing some writing for other blogs where I contribute, but on TCP there will be mostly radio silence.
For the months of July and August I'll be spending time with my boys and extended family, enjoying the summer sun. I'll also be working on creating and completing projects I have on the go. I will be writing the early mornings away, and I hope to have a completed book in my hands well before the leaves hit the ground.
I hope you have a great summer! Enjoy every moment friends! If you want to keep in touch, shoot me an email or follow me on IG, Twitter. I'll follow you back!