Have you ever thought about the ‘what ifs’ in life? It is not something that I do often, as I do not like to dwell on the past (anymore). However, if it were possible to turn back time, I would do it in a heartbeat.
My great-grandmother Lucy passed away when I was very young. I did meet her, but I was young, like under five years old. Truthfully, I really do not remember her at all. Living in an Italian family, where your family is extremely important and you are constantly telling stories, it is tough for me when I hear people talk about “Grandma Lucy”. To be honest, what I do remember about her is when she was passing away and that is not really a great memory to have of her. I do remember going to Grandma Lucy and Grandpa Louie’s home, but I just do not really remember much of her. Now, my Grandpa Louie, I remember big time. He died two years ago at 100 years old.
It is a struggle for me when my mother brings up stories and memories she has of Grandma Lucy. For instance, one of the things that my mother talks about frequently is before and even when I was born, Grandma Lucy would make a special batch of peppers and hide them in the basement. When my mother would come over, she would bring them up and give them to her, telling her not to tell anyone. In an Italian family, you have to hide things if you do not want others to eat it. Of course, now, everyone knows what Grandma Lucy use to do for my mother. Another thing she talks about is the fact that Grandma Lucy was always cooking something yummy in the kitchen and it always smelled of some yummy Italian food. Now, I do kind of have a memory of that, but it is not of Grandma Lucy – it is of her children cooking in the kitchen.
Therefore, if I could turn back time, I would do it so I could truly “meet” my Grandma Lucy. I wish I had stories that I could tell about her, memories, or anything even. Sadly, I do not, though. There are tons of pictures of her and there is always a new story to be told by one of my family members. I just wish I could turn back time and even spend one day with her.
If I could turn back time, I would. If you could turn back time, would you?
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