Cesarina had a wonderful husband…Giuseppe. Oh, how I loved him! He had a likable spirit from the first time I met him, to the very last day of his life. He couldn’t have been happier that Roberto and I were having a baby. when we would say that we thought we were going to have a baby boy, he was positive. He would tell us, the baby will probably be a little boy.
Giuseppe didn’t hold Sergio much when he was a tiny baby. He was always afraid he was going to hurt him. It wasn’t until almost a month before he passed away that he would hold him.
Sergio would gulp down tomatoes, and he thought that was the funniest thing he had ever witnessed. He was the great equalizer of Cesarina.
One day we went to help the people down the street, and he had a heart attack. He was mowing their grass one January afternoon. We were all just around the table minutes earlier. I had to call Roberto and tell him the news about his father. It was one of the most devastating aspects of my life, and all our lives.
It was all so surreal how fast everything had to happen. We went from seeing him in the yard of our neighbors to going to the hospital to say goodbye. Everything, was like something out of a movie. The next day we picked out a coffin, gravesite, granite, and service prayers. By the third day he was no longer among us.
When Cesarina and I were at her house to make phone calls to friends there was one message on the answering machine. She and I were in the family room together, and I had a note pad ready to take the message. When I played it, the voice, that sounded just like Giuseppe said “I am here”. Chills multiplied all over our bodies. We looked at each other and busted out crying. We hugged each other, and were shocked. We listened to the message one more time, and she said “It was him, he told us he is ok.” When we tried to play it the third time, it was no longer there. Cesarina kept asking me…Did you hear him? I did, and I swear to this day that his voice was on the machine.
Life is so fragile, and we must make the most of every moment we have here!