Well, what can you say about a situation like this? To say the least, it's not fair. It's been a long two weeks but it has shown me that I am surrounded by the best family someone could ask for. And for that, I need to say to you, nonno, thank you. You taught us to appreciate our heritage, to love the ones surrounding us, to eat good, to drink well, to work hard, to relax after work, and that there wasn't ever a reason not to laugh.
The amount of memories that were shared over these past two weeks has filled me with such pride. Our family is extremely close and it's something we'll never lose. We work hard to make sure we keep the bond that we have created. It's not something that we are given. For us 'kids' of the family, we have our parents and our grandparents to thank. They've spent numerous hours making sure that we all spent time together. They've taken times out of their busy schedules to make sure we were all there support each other's extracurriculars whether it be a baseball game, dance recital, graduation, birthday, confirmation. We are lucky to have each other and we know that.
For that, I personally want to say grazie, nonno. I know this was something you stressed and after seeing the amount of people that have came and paid their respects, it has been reassured.
Being part of a large Italian family is not easy. It's a beautiful and organic thing but it does have its ups and downs. When you are constantly surrounded with tons of people, you have to realize that each person is an individual. We are all not perfect. There will never be an issue or something that we will all agree on. Everyone has their opinions. This could get overwhelming at times but ultimately we all respect each other and when it comes down to it, our family is all we have.
Respect. You taught us to respect everyone. I'm not sure that's the exact word you said to me. But after seeing close to a thousand people show up to your wake, I finally know that you were respected because you delivered it to others. Unless there was a reason not to, you were honest (sometimes blunt) and straight forward.
It's going to be weird heading back to normal days knowing I can't stop by in between jobs and have a quick beer in your garden's shed. It'll be weird not seeing what new plants have exceeded the walls of the garden. It'll suck but it is what it is at this point. I am the luckiest man in the world to have had a grandfather like you. I can't express how much I feel that everyday.
To everyone who has came and shown their love, thank you. These past two weeks of all the food, wine, crying, laughing, and good times have been absolutely amazing. We are lucky to have had the love and support that every single one of you have shown us.
My grandfather is looking down with a big smile because of all of you.
Until next time, ti amo nonno, grazie per tutto.