An Italian-American woman residing in central NJ, Suzann Brucato has created a photo journal as a tribute to motherhood, family, and heritage. In this full-length collection of poems, Mrs. Brucato conveys the importance of family traditions as a contribution to ensuing generations. This collection of poems and photographs provides a depiction of the journey of a woman in the eyes of a child, spouse, parent, and grandparent. http://www.MatriarchJourney.com
When I was only ten, my father's mother passed away March 28th 1970, at 52 years old. She had originally developed breast cancer, which developed later into brain cancer. I have two very vivid memories with her. One, when I visited for a weekend, and she and I painted a cocktail platter; it had a black background with an outline of flowers, but it was not paint-by-number. They gave a photo with three or four suggested samples of what the finished platter could look like, and she and I seemed to spend hours painting that platter. Second, on another weekend I visited and slept over, I had been sitting literally at her feet when she sat in her reading chair where she beaded .... flowers .... small, intricate, decorative flowers. I sat in awe watching her thread and bead, not knowing what the end result would be, until she wired them all together. She was a seamstress by trade, but also a soulfully creative woman who shared so much with me before I was ten. I am saddened that I was not able to "grow-up" with her, but blessed to have know her and received her gifts, including our writing poetry together, or actually making it up while she was sitting next to me as I fell asleep in her home.