Sabato (Sam), Josie and Emily Leatrice Serrapede, 1943. Josie was pregnant with Sammy when this photo was taken.
Uncle Sammy and I are employed full-time. We love our jobs. We also enjoy busy social lives and creative pursuits. For us, time is a very precious commodity. We must use it carefully so that all which we do will be productive and of the best results we can offer.
When this blog was in the planning stages we considered the best means with which to make the material accessible and immediate. Our readers would be coming from other countries and cultures. They would be from varying economic and cultural backgrounds. How we could reach them and make their time worthwhile was a major consideration in our approach.
We decided to eschew the traditional family history approach of relating every single detail about every single family member since that kind of endeavor is beyond our means both in terms of time and scope. Hence you will not find here the deeper analysis that is typical of more traditional family history blogs where official documents and other research material is analyzed and pieced together into the narrative of the family life.
Our telling incorporates the results of our research but in a different structure. This is a journey of discovery for us as well as a memoir of those whom we remember and love. Through the supplemental readings and discussions it has become a vehicle of consciousness raising. We find that we are more sensitized to the issues our ancestors had to deal with and the decisions they had to make. It also has opened our hearts and minds to similar issues in the spotlight today.
This is the way Josie and Sam encouraged their children and grandchildren to pursue knowledge. Their home always had books, magazines, newspapers and interesting discussions about current events, neighborhood happenings, family developments. When these topics weren’t under consideration we’d share our thoughts and seek advice. We could ask questions to our aunts, uncles and cousins. We were encouraged to grow our own outlook accordingly.
We hope you will consider the the time spent at this blog informative and conducive to further thought on the topics, people and the times they lived in. Our goal is to offer what we have learned and take it beyond the focus of just our family. Perhaps this will encourage you to consider your own family history and the lessons for deeper personal growth it will offer you.
–Sammy (Sabbatino) Serrapede and EmilyAnn Frances May
May 24, 2015