Rita (who is a widow) grew up in Italy and married an American serviceman right after World War II. I try to get stories out of her about what it was like living through World War II....and the Mussolini years..and sometimes she shares . One of her stories is about when air raid sirens would go off. She was to gather apples in her apron, her sister potatoes, and meet he family in the caves. When people would hear how they hid in those caves with only potatoes and apples to eat for days on end, they were horrified. Rita's response was always. that they were very fortunate compared to others. . There are times, I feel like she doesn't want to remember those days.
I thought when I signed up for this program that I would be making someones life happier. To my surprise it has worked both ways. She fills a void in me. I miss both my Mom and my Grandmother and I cherish my visits with Rita.
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So if you are thinking about volunteering to do something. Don't hide under the rug. Get out there! :)