A Look Back: Gratitude For My Heritage

Angie Spitalieri Ianiro, Publisher Angie Spitalieri Ianiro, Publisher

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers out there! This month’s “A Look Back” is from a section we printed on proud, young Italian Americans in May 2016. We hope you enjoy this piece from Christina Palmisano.

As any Italian could imagine, it is difficult to pick just one favorite thing about being Italian, so I will pick three. Three broad yet simple aspects of our culture that I am absolutely indulged in: family, faith and food. In my opinion, it is these three pieces of our amazing culture that makes it unparalleled and extraordinary. It is these three pieces that can answer the who, the what, the where, the when, the why, and the how of just about everything I do. 

Having a large, loud and loving family is one of my most favorite things about being Italian. However, quantity alone does not drive my family’s greatness. Although “the more the merrier” certainly holds true in my family, it is the quality of our love, relationships and experiences together that makes family such an important and differentiating characteristic of being Italian. Being Italian has taught me that family is not limited to blood-related relatives. Family to me encompasses all individuals that I have been connected with throughout the various communities and organizations I belong to that share in my values, interests and traditions. My relationship with my large, Italian family has taught me how to love, respect, express gratitude, and embrace all things with a warm, welcoming hug. 

Faith is truly the foundation of the Italian culture. Growing up in a Catholic, Italian family has taught me the importance of connection, tradition and values. Through my faith, I have learned how to believe and how to be of service to others. Through the Catholic traditions, I am reminded how precious life is. It is a true blessing to be a part of a culture that accepts, celebrates and embodies Christ’s mission to love, to serve and to forgive. 

It is all about the food and not just any food; great and fresh food always prepared by loving and hard-working hands. Some cultures eat to live, but being Italian had me living to eat before I could take my first steps! Growing up with regular homemade Italian meals has certainly set my food standards high. To me, food is a symbol of comfort, nourishment and love. It is what I have eaten and whom I have eaten with that has developed my unique appreciation and passion for food, more specifically, the fresh, whole and nutritious plant-based foods I am fortunate to enjoy, prepare and share daily.

I feel very grateful that these three simple things bring me true happiness. 


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