13-Serrapede Family in Agropoli: A Mother’s Influence on Her Sons


In the previous series of letters to Great Grandmother Emilia Pappalardo Serrapede, I presented  reflections about how I have drawn closer to her in spirit. I based my reflection on getting to know her by remembering observations I made of her daughter and granddaughter.

On January 18, 2015 Uncle Sammy offered the results of his recollections of his father (Sabato) and Uncle Funzie (Alfonso). They were, respectively, Emilia’s oldest and youngest sons. Uncle Sammy told me that a mother’s influence carries on to her sons, as well. We considered the habits of Sabato and Alfonso and after our discussion agreed that these are the kinds of habits learned at an early age from one’s mother.

Sabato: The importance of fresh or dried fruit every day

Sabato was a stickler for maintaining proper digestion and regularity. I remember as an adolescent he taught me the importance of eating lots of fresh fruit like plums and figs. If these were not available he’recommended dried fruit like prunes and apricots. Uncle Sammy remembers that warm water with fresh squeezed lemon juice was another treatment that was used.

Sabato believed good health relied on proper digestion. He never ate much meat but favored chicken, fish, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables. Leisurely walks and afternoon naps were also a regular part of his routine as well as a glass of red wine every so often.

Alfonso: Neatness counts

Alfonso was very particular about himself, his clothing and the way a house should be kept. He remained a bachelor until mid-life when he married Mildred.

We all knew that Mildred had to keep house better than Alfonso did if the marriage was to be a success. Uncle Sammy and I think that Alfonso learned this from his Mother and also from his eldest sister Filomena who also kept a beautiful home.

Discussed and recorded on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 11:00 am – 11:40 a.m.


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Golden roses with blue ribbon.
Two apricots.
Home in oval frame.

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