Emily Leatrice was the daughter of Sam and Josie Serrapede, sister to Gerald and Sammy and Mom of EmilyAnn. She was born at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY on April 18, 1931.
The family stories shared in this posting come from a combination of brief entries my Mom made to her “Our Baby Book” and the many discussions we had about them. The entries were a type of shorthand she used to recall the memory or cluster of memories she wanted to share with me. I listened carefully so that I could feel and see the scenes along with her. Then I committed as much as I could to memory. We discussed the stories so often that soon a narrative began to flow. Stories she’d told me in my childhood now expanded to include the more recent ones entering the narrative. In time I could recall the memories and experiences she shared with me just as if I’d been there when they happened.
We began this process over many lovely weekends. We got up very early for breakfast and lingered over cups of herbal tea and hot cereal. I was never sure how I would write everything into a narrative form. These sessions took place in the mid-1990s. The Internet, blogging, and episodic storytelling were things I had no idea would one day facilitate their expression.
Mom’s earliest entries and the stories she told me focused on how much her Dad, Sam, loved her and how much patience he had with her as she grew older. Here are two stories which show the interaction between them.
In order to keep the narrative from becoming confusing to non-family members, I refer to my Mom and Grandparents by their first names.