Part 1. This is where I think I was born. It’s a place in Italy, called Crocevia. This was my parents’ house and that’s me sitting on the steps. Next door to me, there was an old lady, who had been to America.
She was known to me as Pasqualina l’americana. Sometimes, my mother used to have to go to the fields with my father, and Pasqualina l’americana would take care of me. She used to tell my mother: “He sits on the steps, and he doesn’t move until you come home.” I was very strange, I guess.
From here, I took my walk, as Marlene suggested, and I come to – well, yes, this is the crocevia, this is the old road coming here. And then there’s a little plot of land right in the middle of the intersection, and we have a statue of the Virgin Mary there. From here, I walk down the road and I come to my grandmother’s house, which I haven’t finished drawing. In my grandmother’s house I have memories of the well, which was a little place in front of all the houses of the masseria, which I remember very very well. I remember the fresh waters that would come from that well, and that’s something I’d like to put in there. I don’t know if I’ll be able to. There is also my grandmother’s house, and when my parents went to America I was there, in the room and I remember overlooking the house and the window…* past the house and into the fields and the mountain in the background, where San Martino is. Then, later on, I composed a poem on San Martino and that’s one of my favorite pieces of writing.
Part 2. * I was paying attention to my grandmother’s house. There’s a window which looks out west to America. So, that’s one of my dreams. On this side, there’s a …. – which I had forgotten to draw in last time – there’s the school where I went, and it is in my memories. Out here, there’s a place where we went for school outings, and there I remember in particular the violets which were in the fields and also clover. This is a place that I remember deeply. It shows the love of nature which I have always found to be a revelation of God’s creation. And that is a very important part of what I wanted to say!
Angelo, 75, Quebec