1948 feature film. I Remember Mama. brought back many memories for me today-The life of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco centers around Mama and her detailed, pennywise household budget.
It reminded me about my family life, I flash back to the time in New York City, What we call Alphabet City today- It was the lower East Side of Manhattan- I was raised at 623 East 11th Street between B & C Avenue,
The greatest memories one child could ever want or have- We were the only Italian /Hispanic family on the block- Where Stick ball was played, and the Johnny pump was our way to stay cool in the summer. Where a Fire Escape was a place for us to sit outside in the evening and look at the sky- it was great!. Where Coney Island in Brooklyn was a place to go every Tuesday evening for Fire Works display an eat good ole fashion Knishes.
Dinner was on the table every evening waiting for my father to come home, When he walked in the door he immediately would hug and kiss her- She was Beautiful inside and out- with Five children to raise I, being the youngest. ( had to throw that in)
She was that stay home Mom. Although, I now know we were struggling to make ends meet- you would never have known it then- Always dressed in our Sunday Best- She made sure we never went with-out
Each week my father would bring his pay home and she would immediately sit down and pay the bills. We too had a savings account that never really existed.
Only as a woman growing up did I ever find that out- The movie reminded of what a wonderful & simple world I lived in, It was secure and loving-
On January 28,2005 She passed away.
The longest & hardest three years of my life.
I miss her terribly- She was my rock- She was and still is My Angel-
Be All you can be-but always be true to yourself. Work hard, Give Much and Love Strong-.