Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bella You Grandma

My Mom wrote a Family History story about her Italian grandmother and posted it on FamilySearch last week. I told her I didn't know much about her grandmother. One of the things she said was that she knew her grandmother loved her because when she would see her, she would take her face in her hands and say, "Bella Mia Angelina." Bella Mia means "My Beautiful" in Italian.

When Hannah came on Sunday, I did the same thing and said, "Bella Mia Hannah." She was a little distraught and said several times, "I can't hear you Grandma." What she really meant was "This is aggravating Grandma because I have no clue what you are saying.
  I told her it meant she was my beautiful Hannah.

This afternoon I went to visit Hannah and Nathan and Sarah. I did the same thing and said, "Bella Mia Hannah." She giggled a little, covered hers ears, and said three times, "I can't hear you Grandma."

Later as I was getting ready to leave, I said it again. That time she said softly, "Bella You Grandma." She said it so softly that Sarah had to repeat back what she said, so I said it to her again..."Bella Mia Hannah." She hugged me and Said, "Bella You Grandma." Then she said, "sweet" in a very gentle and loving way.

She thought she could understand the "Mia" part interpreting it to mean "Me." She understood after a while that it was a term of endearment meaning I loved her so she answered back as best she could, "Bella You Grandma." That would be a mix of Italian and English an almost two year old made up meaning "You are my beautiful Grandma, I feel your love and I love you too."
I'll take that. :)
Hannah just waking up from a nap.

 All from a little Family History story.
 Love it. 
 My great Grandmother Louise (Luigia),
my Mom's Grandma.
My Mom as a girl.
Me and my Italian grandmother (Nanny).
My beautiful Hannah carrying on the tradition. :)
Sarah and Hannah.
Four generations:
L-R Bottom: My Mom, my Grandma (her Mom), Me
Back row: Sarah, Elisa, Emma. October 2000.

That's a lot of Italians.:)


  1. The picture of you and Nanny is one of my all-time favorite pictures of you ever.