In Italy, Mother’s Day was celebrated for the first time on May 12, 1957, in the city of Assisi. Throughout Italy, it is usually celebrated on the second Sunday in May just like the United States. Italian Mother’s Day is not as commercialized like the United States. It is a day for families and for very personal expressions of love. Italian mothers, traditionally celebrate Mother’s Day by bringing the whole family together. La Mamma is not allowed to do any housework on that special day. She will have breakfast made for her, (fresh pastries and coffee/tea.) Cards are not as popular either. It is far more common for children to write their own poems or thanks for Mother’s Day than buy a store bought card. As for Italian mothers, attending church on Mother’s Day morning is still an important part of their tradition. In Christianity, the word “mother” is referred to the mother church, the giver of spiritual life.
I remember, as a young girl many a Mother‘s Day that my brothers and I would try to make breakfast for our Mother. We always tried to make eggs and toast, or waffles, and if we really got creative maybe some pancakes. I am the oldest plus the only girl so I was the one who was more responsible. Our breakfast was not the best, but it really showed our mother that we loved and appreciated all that she did for us. Then after breakfast we attended Church, and back home for the rest of the family to get together for a dinner later that day. We would include in our guest list, of course my grandparents, some aunts and uncles, cousins and other relatives that may have been alone for the holiday. You see my parents, especially my Mother was always asking the relatives that had lost a spouse or lived alone to join us as well, not only for Mother’s Day but for all of the holidays throughout the year. She just couldn’t have them be alone on such a joyous occasion. That is one of the many attributes that my Mother possesses which is another reason to love her. She is very kind and generous to everyone. Her attitude is always positive and is always trying to make everyone comfortable. Even if she is tired and exhausted, she pushes to make everyone happy. To her, my Dad and the family are so important. Her children and grandchildren are extra special in her life as well.
° Whisk the eggs with some salt and pepper to taste. Then add your cut up veggies, diced meat or what ever you decide to have and mix with your egg mixture. Now pour the egg mixture into the heated frying pan. Leave your egg mixture to set for about 5-8 minutes. Once you see it set up a bit, now you can place the pan in the oven for several minutes until the top is set and is golden brown. Remove from the heat and loosen the frittata from the pan. Slide it onto a serving dish and serve while still hot or leave to cool. And then enjoy!!!! Buon Appetito !!
|3 GENERATIONS OF MOTHERS FROM THE LEFT: |
MY GRANDFATHER LOUIS,
THEN MY GRANDMOTHER JULIA,
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER SOFIA AND MY MOM MADELINE