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Mon, 04/03/2017 - 08:31

Just this December, my sisters and I travelled to Sicily specifically to visit the hometowns of our maternal grandparents. We reconnected with family (to include my mother's last surviving first cousin). We visited our family cemeteries to pay respect to our great grandparents. We visted the churches (large and small) where generations of our ancestors had been batptized, married and eulogized. And on my birthday, I stood at the doorway of house where my eponyous grandfather was born.As my family's historian I was able to serve as tour guide to places I had never been before, and the opportunity to make personal what had always been purloined memories was indescribably thrilling.It was a visit filled with emotion, memory, history and pleasure. And it changed me deeply.Frank ArduiniLittleton, Colorado