Her husband Massimo Da Via abandoned her and the children (6 daughters) somewhere about 1930 and was last heard of in Lafayette, Indiana (wherever the hell that is!). She was a simple woman whose proudest moment (or so I have been told) is the day she waived the little paper flag at her naturalization ceremony. She also didn't photograph so well, every picture I have ever seen displays this humorous
look on her face....
Years ago, when I was about 17 I went to the local courthouse in Springfield to find her petition, it of course had (another) photo of her, signed across the front in her simple writing. The clerk (an elderly woman) burst out in laughter when she opened the book to Nona's entry. She then proceeded to share this with a few coworkers oblivious to how I might (and did) take offense. Anyway I was a Jr in High school, I didn't say anything but for some reason I never forgot. Despite the "deer in headlights" look, there is something so warm and loving about her photos, a sense of innocence, yet depth. Would you believe she has two daughters still living? One is 102 and the other 99!! My grandmother Margherita passed away about 12 years ago age 68.
For some reason I couldn't sleep last night and was up until 3 AM reorganizing my PC (a project of momentous proportion). How many people out there drag things to their desktop in order to upload/post/edit a file located on some remote part of their hard drive only a search will uncover. Honestly I do it all the time, so every so often I need to clean up the place. It's amazing what you find when you start rummaging through your computer. like these
taken by my friend after
a night out in Springfield...
my friend decided to take some pictures of me passed out in the kitchen,
yikes!!! Don't get the wrong idea I actually slipped and fell on my butt after coming in the door and then laid down and took a "nap lol (
I'm not sure exactly when these were from but since I've only lived here since November of last year they are relatively
thinking April or May
of this year based on the