Father’s Day 2018

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Father’s Day Prayer of Remembering

Fatherly love brings wealth to living

Remembering this we go forth in giving

Fathers young, fathers old

We remember you all

As life unfolds.

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In honor of the patriarchs of our family lines this Father’s Day, 2018.

Serrapede Family
Luigi Serrapede (b. 1815)
Sabato Serrapede (1814-1893) 
Gennaro Serrapede (b. 1867)
Sabato Serrapede, Sr. (1900-2002)
Vincenzo Ruocco (b. 1810)
Antonio Pappalardo (b. 1820)
Nicola Pappalardo (b. 1816)
Alessandro Patella (b. 1800)
Pietro Marino

Muro Family
Nunziante di Muro (b. 1825)
Pietro di Muro (b.c. 1842-1883)
Nicola “Nick” Muro (1882-1966)
Raymond “Raimie” Muro (1925-2007)
Americo Marcele “Igo” Muro (1924-2012)
Albino Muro (1925-2002)
Peter James Muro (1913-1992)
Louis Muro (1914-1999)
Francesco Scotti (1807-1887)
Carmine Scotti (b.c. 1846)
Fabio Di Giaimo
Fabio Di Giaimo (Jr.)
Giambattista Di Giaimo (b. 1576)
Domenica A. Di Giaimo (b. 1602)
Costabile Di Giaimo (b. abt. 1715)
Pietro Maurano
Antonio N. D. Di Giaimo (b. 1738)
Giuseppe di Giaimo (b. 1770)
Francesco di Giaimo (1806-1866)

Aiello Family
Angelo Aiello
Vincenzo Aiello (1829-1912)
Angelo Aiello (1864-1936)
Eugenio Pujia

Marasco Family
Riciotti Marasco (1894-1917)
John Marasco (1916-1987)

 

With love,

Sam Serrapede, Jr.
EmilyAnn Frances May
Sunday, June 17, 2018

 

Note:  We have included the fathers of the women who married into our patriarchal bloodlines.

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“Father’s Day Prayer of Remembering”
https://www.bustle.com/articles/27813-9-fathers-day-poems-thatll-make-you-and-your-dad-tear-up

Vintage Image
Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/517562182148152725/

 

 

Mother’s Day 2018

Roses Mother's Day 2018

On Mother’s Day we remember
our Mothers, Grandmothers , Great Grandmothers and all the matriarchs of the
Serrapede, Muro and Aiello Families
especially our Emily Leatrice., Josie, Rose, Letizia, and Emilia.
With love, gratitude and thanksgiving.
We wish all our family and friends a day of happiness and recollection as we recall all
the goodness, strength, encouragement and life-giving power of the love our Mothers
gave us.
–Sam Serrapede, Jr.
–EmilyAnn Frances May
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Public domain Victorian era image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

 

Christmas 2017: Update on Mike, Katy and Jake

 

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Jake Lingle, December 21, 2017.

Uncle Sammy and Aunt Kathie are headed for Baltimore, Maryland today.  They will spend Christmas with the Knipp and Lingle families.

Aunt Kathie anticipates more hugs and cuddles with her grandson Jake.  Jake was born in February 2017 to her son Michael and daughter-in-law Katy.

Michael sent the latest photo of Jake.  I think I see a little of Aunt Kathie in that bright smile!

Merry Christmas to the Knipp and Lingle families!

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Previous Posts about Michael, Katy and Jake

Michael and Katy’s Wedding, Baltimore, MD, June 11, 2016

Baltimore June 10-12, 2016

41e-Baby Lingle is coming February 2017!

Interlude: Jake’s First Halloween

 

 

 

Christmas in Agropoli 2017

Cousin Michael Muro is spending the Christmas holiday in Agropoli.  His flight was late due to falling snow.  This necessitated Michael flying from Pittsburgh to Newark.  From Newark he flew to Toronto.  Then from Toronto to Rome.  He arrived safely in Agropoli this past Tuesday.

Michael told me via email it was raining when he first arrived.  He wasn’t able to get too many photos but I think the ones he sent give us a glimpse into how the town is decorated for the holidays.  I was very surprised to see the inflatable igloos and Santas that have been placed along some of the ancient streets.  We have similar inflatable displays here in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, too.

Michael is staying with the Carnicelli family and plans to spend some time with Giuseppe and Vincenzo.  If time and schedules permit he will also visit other relatives.

Thank you, Michael for sending us these photos.  Merry Christmas to you, the Carnicelli family and all our extended family in Agropoli and Calabria.

–EmilyAnn
–Sammy, Jr.

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Michael is visiting the Carnicelli family.  From right to left:  Gerardo Carnicelli, zio Antonio Carnicelli, Maria and daughter Danielle(friends of Gerardo).

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Michael is in the center of this large, lighted gift box in the Piazza of Agropoli.

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Christmas tree made of lights in Piazza of Agropoli.

 

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Christmas market in Agropoli.

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Inflatable igloo and Santa’s helper located on one of the streets of Agropoli.

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Another inflatable outdoor display forms an arch over one of the streets in Agropoli.

 

 

Interlude: All Hallows 2017

Interlude-All Hallows 2017

The Harvest Moon
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882

It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs of villages, on woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhoods of nests
Deserted, on the curtained window-panes

Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!
Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,
With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!

All things are symbols: the external shows
Of Nature have their image in the mind,
As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;

The song-birds leave us at the summer’s close,
Only the empty nests are left behind,
And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.

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It is that special time of the year when the pause between Autumn and Winter occurs.  The three days of Halloween (All Hallows Eve), All Saints Day and All Souls Day that take place from October 31st through November 2nd are filled with a special atmosphere for those who partake in the festivities and solemnities of the three days.

My late Mom and I used this time to combine the various elements into a personal time for seclusion, reflection on mortality and consideration of the life to come.  While Mom still lived with me, we would have an evening tea with cups of Darjeeling tea, tea biscuits filled with raisins and citrons by the light of a carved pumpkin with a candle inside.  Earlier we’d given out the treat bags filled with pennies and packaged candies to the little costumed children who rang the doorbell.  The quiet after sunset and the candle light in the kitchen provided a sense of being between the worlds.

We shared memories of our beloved departed.  No photos or keepsakes were brought out, just our words and the events we remembered were shared.  The next day we attended mass together before I left for work.  We refrained from TV, radio, newspapers and small talk during these three days.  None of this is required by the holiday but we willingly undertook abstaining from engagement with the outside as a way to recall as vividly as possible those who have gone on before us to the Greater Life.

I invite you to join me in prayer or in spirit as the time comes, as it does every year, to consider the cycles of life and the seasons of the year beyond what we see and delve into the deeper meanings behind it all.

–EmilyAnn Frances May
All Hallows 2017

 

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Poem is in the public domain.
Courtesy Poets.org
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/harvest-moon
“Harvest Moon”
Photo-Public Domain
by C.E. Price
Wikimedia Commons
http://tinyurl.com/yabagdyz

49a-Father’s Day, June 18, 2017

49a-Father's Day 2017 Freedom from Fear Norman Rockwell

“Freedom from Fear” by Norman Rockwell (1943)
Public Domain.  NARA Archives, Washington, D.C . via Wikimedia Commons (see Resources for link)

This coming Sunday, June 18th, 2017 is Father’s Day in the U.S.  We remember the patriarchs of our family lines, the fathers of our ancestors and the fathers of our ancestresses.  We thank you for the strength, dedication, hard work, commitment and love you gave your families.

 “Silent Strong Dad”
by Karen K. Boyer

He never looks for praises
He’s never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He’s there…. A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.

The Fathers of Our Family Lines

Serrapede Family

Luigi Serrapede
Sabato Serrapede
Gennaro Serrapede
Vincenzo Ruocco
Antonio Pappalardo
Nicola Pappalardo
Alessandro Patella
Sabato Serrapede

Muro Family

Nunziante di Muro
Pietro di Muro
Gaetano Ruocco
Nicola Ruocco
Luigi Serrapede
Aniello Scotti
Francesco Scotti
Carmine Scotti
Giuseppe di Giaimo
Francesco di Giamo
Nicola Muro

Aiello Family

Angelo Aiello
Alessandro Bartolotta
Vincenzo Aiello
Angelo Aiello
Eugenio Pujia

Remembering you with love,

–Sabbatino Serrapede, Jr.
–EmilyAnn Frances May


 

Resources

“Freedom from Fear” by Norman Rockwell, 1943
Wikimedia Commons
Public Domain
National Archives and Records Administration Identifer 513538
Record group: Record Group 44: Records of the Office of Government Reports, 1932 – 1947 (National Archives Identifier: 373 )
Series: World War II Posters, compiled 1942 – 1945 (National Archives Identifier: 513498 )
NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-44-PA-77
44-PA-77
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_Four_Freedoms_by_Norman_Rockwell

familyfriend poems
“Silent Strong Dad”
© Karen K. Boyer
Published: February 2006
https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/silent-strong-dad

Further reading

Norman Rockwell
Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Rockwell

 

 

 

 

 

47a-Mother’s Day 2017

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“Maternal Admiration” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Public domain.  Wikimedia Commons.

We remember

The Serrapede Family
Angela Maria Borrelli
Anna Maria Conte
Filomena Ruocco
Antonia Ruocco
Nicoletta Cuoco
Teresa Marino
Giovanna Battista
Teresa Patella d’Alessandro
Emilia Pappalardo
Emily Leatrice Serrapede

We remember…

The Muro Family
Anna Maria Monzillo
Carminela Cavollo
Giuseppa Carnicelli
Clarice Serrapede
Giuseppa Ruocco
Anna Maria Baldi
Rosolia Patella
Maddalena Montone
Irene Guzzi
Maria Giovanna di Giaimo
Letizia Scotti
Josephine Muro

We remember…

The Aiello Family
Antonia Rocca
Caterina Mastroianni
Lucrezia M.F. Bartolotta
Caterina Pujia
Rosina Aiello

We remember with gratitude all our matriarchs in our family lines this Mother’s Day on May 14, 2017.
In memory of the Mothers of our family lines who were with us from our beginnings.  You not only fed and nurtured our bodies but also saw to the development of our spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth.  With your love we progressed and with your blessings we achieved.  With your advice we were guided and with your caution we were protected.  There are never enough words to express the gratitude we have so we’ll say it simply, “To all the Mamas in our family past, present and future–Thank you, thank you.  We will always love you.”

–EmilyAnn Frances May
–Sam (Sabbatino) Serrapede, Jr.

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Acknowledgement
Painting:  “Maternal Admiration” (1869)
Artisit:  William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Public Domain
Wikimedia Commons