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    Posted April 25, 2010 by
    Belvidere, Vermont
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    My Mother My Angel


    I would like to salute my mother for Mother’s Day. My mom was a very special mom. Her name was Angelina but everyone called her Angie. She was a very loving woman with a big heart. She was also a very good cook. My mom would always tell people that I was her “Baby” because I was the youngest of five children. This was a little embarrassing to me when I was in my teens. But it still felt kinda good because I felt I was still under my mom’s wings. My mom taught me all about life. She taught me to be nice to others and treat people like you like to be treated. I was brought up to love and respect my neighbors and friends. I was always real close to my mother. I always worried about her. Ya see, when I was around 5 years old my mom and dad took me on a vacation to Vermont. We went there to see my brother. He was staying at camp. One day we were having lunch at a restaurant. My mom turned ill and started having a heart attack. They rushed her to a hospital. The hospital seemed so far away. I remember my dad following the ambulance to the hospital. My mom had a near death experience. The hospital brought her back to life. I remember my mom always talking about her experience. She said she saw a bright light and a ball with beautiful colors. More beautiful than anything she had ever seen. She said if that is what dying is like, it’s a beautiful thing.

    My mom went on to live till she was 72 years old. When my mom passed on she left me an inheritance. I used the inheritance to purchase a restaurant. I named the restaurant Angelina’s Restaurant. Angelina’s is located in Cambridge, Vermont. I now serve heavenly Italian food for the family at my little pizza shop. I know my mom is proud of me and watches over me.

    I opened Angelina’s Restaurant on May 19, 1985. This year will be Angelina’s 25th year anniversary. I feel my mom deserves a Mother's Day salute because she was a wonderful mother and she made me the successful person I am today.  I know she will be happy to receive the salute.

    My mom also taught me another thing. She told me that Angelina means “Little Angel” in Italian.


    Pic# 1 Me in front of my restaurant with a pizza board in one hand and a paint brush in the other.

    Pic# 2 Mom's little baby me.

    Pic# 3 My mom and I at a parade.

    Pic# 4 Leaving for New York with my basketball team.

    Pic# 5 My mom, my dad, and I when I received my Conformation.

    Pic# 6 My mom, my dad, and I after my basketball banquet.  I won the Sportsman of the year award.

    Pic# 7 Eating at my sister Carol's house.   Pictured are My wife Pam, my mom, and my brother-in-law  Jim.  My mom would go to my sister Carol's house before every holiday to help prepare the 7 course holiday meal starting with antipasto, then the wedding chicken soup, the ravioli, meatballs, sausage and bracole rolled in hard boiled eggs. Then roasted chicken with rosemary potato, salad with her own dressing and of course topped off with Italian pastry.

    Pic# 8 My mom opening clams in the kitchen sink.

    Pic# 9 My mom and I dancing at my wedding.

    Pic# 10 My mom Angelina.

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