|Carmela De Palma|
(nee Bologna) 1924-2012
As many of you already know, Nonna passed away peacefully last Thursday, surrounded by her loving family.
Yollie wanted to share the concluding eulogy she delivered at her funeral mass yesterday.Nonna Carmela loved and embraced the diverse culture around her, making life-long friends easily.
Language was never a barrier for Nonna. She spoke in kindness, generosity and friendship, her laugh and smile, that I miss most was infectious as it was beautiful.
Nonna Carmela had a unique and individual relationship with each of her grand and great grand-children. Talking to Nonna meant her un-divided attention, usually with your hand held in hers. Truly wanting to hear what we had to say. She treasured this time.
Aside from friends, family, television and her soapies, Nonna’s very favourite thing was the telephone. But, no matter how we tried, she just never trusted that her voice would be carried the distance – so she simply shouted!!
One of my favourite memories was during school holidays. Nonna would have Yvanna and I over to make Pizzas. On arriving we would find all the bases stretched out on trays and the topping ready to assemble. With the first batch just coming out of the oven, ready to eat. She always thought of everything. I loved this special time with Nonna.
Saying “tarra” (bye bye) or intending to leave was the hardest thing to do. You would have to start the ritual a good half hour before you actually wanted to go. She would look so sad saying “Eh no, Stare un po' più” “Mamma e papà possono andare, ma voi rimanete con Nonna ” … and so it would continue. This is how it was with Nonna she loved your company never wanting you to leave.
So that is how my “Nonna Mela” will remain in my heart.
Nonna queste storie e altri milioni sono nel mio cuore per sempre, riposare in pace e tara
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