sábado, 11 de agosto de 2012

After that, can I call myself crafter?

I always tought I was a crafter but after going toy a Pow Wow I realized that I am an absolutely untalented woman pretending I can craft!!!!!
The beading, the feathers, the intricated sewing, all the leather work and embroidery...it was an explosion of colors, textures and amazing craftsmanship!
I humbly bow for those amazing artisans and I do hope people can appreciate their work that can only be translated into love for their traditions.
Okay, I have to admit that I was totally hipnotized by the sound of the drums and songs, in a trance that couldn't stop me from making a fool of myself dancing with  them, so clumsy and with no grace at all.
Did I care about that? Oh, no...not at all! In fact those were the most amazing moments I've had in years...really the most original, fantastic, educative and fascinating experience I've experienced.
I do thank my husband for being so interested, curious and open to learning about other cultures.
The love for learning plus the eagerness to experiencing different things, no matter how big or important they are is what brought us together. That's one of the special common interests that makes us smile every day when we share those simple pleasures.
That day at the Pow Wow was very special and I want you to have a small taste of what we saw, did and experienced.
The photos won't make any justice to the reality of the amazing colors, songs and dances but I felt that I had to share them with you!!!
Enjoy the pictures and maybe next year we can all go together!!!!!


sexta-feira, 27 de julho de 2012

Without my Family I Make No Sense!

It's amazing how time flies! Today, I was looking at an old picture of my family, we were all there, the whole Carrato-Grande family united and all dressed up for some special occasion (don't ask me what it was, please!). Dad in his red vest, mom always looking amazing and us, the "kids" all with bright smiles.

Oh boy, amazing times that I miss so much and being away from them makes me realize that I am not absolutely complete without my family! I really don't make any sense not being there, being part of their lives and not being able to share the good and not so good moments.
All right, we have internet, phones, iPhones with apps that allow us to be in touch more often but it's not the same. What's the use of a computer when all you want is to cuddle with your mom, hug and kiss your siblings and have all their kids around you?
Today is one of those days that I would give anything to be back home, back to my parent's home years ago, when we were all together. I just can't forget those wonderful family moments when my grandparents were around, the Sunday lunches at home, the BBQ chicken that my grandma Santa used to buy, my aunt Angelina napping  on the chair holding her tote on her lap, the summer vacations on the beach or at my grandma Ricarda.
Amazing how every single moment come back to my mind...as if I they happened yesterday! I can smell the warm milk, the orange cake or the smell of the beach. I can remember making the mud cakes with my cousins at the farm.
All those memories make me wonder how can some people live without their families; even worse, how can people not care about their families???????
I cannot! I love my family very dearly and if someday I find a genie in a bottle I'll have one single wish to ask for: Please, make me whole again...bring me and my family back together!

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