Giudicessi Family Reunion – Final

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During the prayer and at the mention of my wife Monica, who is deceased, being departed. My five year old granddaughter, also named Monica, blurted out “where did I go”. Well as you can understand that changed the solemn tone of the prayer to one of laughter.

After Marianne’s prayer I got up to introduce the reason for the event and how it came about. This comprised of the first page of this blog. Once I was finished, Marianne introduced as much of her family as she could remember, I did the same, Gail stood up for my missing brother Sam and introduced their family, and then Jess did the same for her family. After the laughter died down the food started to arrive and we began to eat and continue talking.

During lunch my mind drifted to thoughts of my mother and father, Rose and Frank, and how I hoped they were looking down from their home in heaven to see the beautiful family and rich legacy they left behind. I found that at that time I missed both my parents just as much as possible. I could see the beautiful smiles on both of their faces, and the gleam in their eyes. I am sure this reunion had made them a little happier in their home in heaven. Of course I thought of my wife Monica and how happy she would be to see the additions to our family, little Monica and her great granddaughter, Alexis. My thoughts ended thinking about my nephew Jerome, the first of this clan to depart the earth and head to heaven. He was a young man who did not need to be taken so early in his life. I am sure that he is missed by his father and mother as well as all of his family.

We talked of old times and I did a lot of remembering. It was such a shock to see people who I remember more as a child stand in front of me as young adults. The children I remember as children had children of their own and OMG yes some of these children had children. Heck not only was I a great grandfather I was a great uncle as well. What happened? Had I fallen asleep only too awake as a much older person? Oh what the hell. I am happy and joyful to not only be a member of this group of wonderful people but I know that I am a little part of each person present.

The reunion was beneficial to me because I was able to see my nephews and nieces who I could only remember as children present with their families and being social with cousins they had not seen in years. I was very happy for one of my granddaughters who much earlier this year had asked me why we did not have family reunions like other families. I know that this is just the Giudicessi half of the family and as a starting point that was a lot of work. Who knows maybe next time we could include the Federico half next time. I am sure there is someplace in California large enough to have such an event.

Now, I must thank my little sister, Jessica, for all the effort and time spent to put this little reunion on for the Giudicessi families.

I will also relate a story that was told to me shortly after the reunion was over. Well it seems that some families continued the gathering of the Giudicessi families once the lunch was over. One group consisted of my two daughters families. Yes, Deborah and Susan decided to head to Deborah’s home and relax in the pool with the children. The story as told to me by my daughter Deborah went something like this. The four youngest girls, Abby, Braylin, Monica, and my great granddaughter Alexis were playing and talking in the pool when Alexis shouted out that she was a “Giudicessi Girl”. With that she got out of the pool and told her grandmother, great aunt Susan and soon to be great uncle Bruce that she was a “Giudicessi Girl”. Deborah made me smile with the telling of this story as it only drove home the fact that this reunion was special and very important to one and all.

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Giudicessi Family Reunion – Continues

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The event started very close to on time. Most people arrived at or before 1:30. When I walked into Buonarroti’s with Marti on my arm and Alex just a step behind me

I saw a large group of people talking and laughing. To my surprise that large group of people was my family. I saw some family members that I had not seen for a long time. It looked to me like the event was off to a good start.

After a quick huddle with my two sisters, Marianne and Jessica, we shared the information about our brother Sam and his wife Anne. They would not be able to make it to the party as Sam was ill and Anne did not want to leave him home alone. This was very sad news as we all wanted our brother and his wife to be present to enjoy the family. With the three of us together we started talking and saying hello to other family members. My daughter Susan called me to explain that she and her sister had taken a wrong turn but would arrive just a little late. I was glad because they comprised of all of my grandchildren and my great grandchild. It just would not be a reunion without them.

Soon after the call Susan and her family arrived. Deborah with her family was right behind Susan and with her was my great granddaughter, Alexis. I noticed that my oldest grandson, Jordan, Alexi’s father, was missing from the groups and it was then I remembered that he had called explaining how he had to work. Again I was very sorry that he like my brother and sister was unable to make the family reunion.

I noticed that all three of Marianne’s boys, Frank, Gary and Brian, were present along with their families. Jessica and David had all of their children, Josh, Dave, and Jenny, present and with their families. I saw Gail and during our talking saw Rosie and her son Evan. The last family member to arrive was Taryn. Taryn is a lovely young girl and I was very happy she was able to make the event.

Marianne started the reunion with a prayer. In the prayer she identified the few family members who because of their passing could not attend this Giudicessi Family Reunion except in our hearts. They are:
a) Frank and Rose Giudicessi, my mother and father, (Nan and Pops, to their grandchildren), ok ok mother and father to my two sisters (Mary Anne and Jessica), and my brother Sam
b) Jerome, son of Sam and Gail Giudicessi, brother to Rosie
c) Monica, wife of John Giudicessi and mother of Deborah and Susan

Some of my Cousins

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Me, My Uncle Charles, Cousins Henry, David and Gary

Dinner with my Cousins!

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A visit with some cousins!

I was driving down the freeway when my cell phone rang. I answered the call and much to my surprise the call was from Ginger, my uncle Charley’s special friend. After our normal greetings she asked if Marti and I would like to join uncle Charley and she for dinner. The reason for the dinner was that my cousin Gary was down from Sacramento and uncle Charley felt it would be a good time for all of us to see each other. She went on to inform me that my cousins, Henry and David my uncles sons, Gary and maybe my cousin Donna who is one of my uncle Dominic’s children might attend as well. I was very excited as I had not seen these cousins in over a decade. I let Ginger know that I would call her back but that I had to check with Marti as she was at work and I was unsure of her departure time.

I ended the call and quickly called Marti. As normal, I left a message on Marti,s phone asking her to call me back asap. Within the hour Marti returned my call and after a brief discussion we discovered we could meet everyone for dinner that night. I explained to Marti that in addition to uncle Charley, Ginger and my cousins Henry, David Gary and possibly Donna that they were bringing their partners as well. Henry and his wife Kathy and David and his wife Debbie, Gary and his special friend Cara would all be there. Marti informed me that she could be home soon enough for us to attend. I was happy and after ending the call with Marti I called Ginger back and let both her and my uncle Charley know that we could attend. I was already excited but now my thoughts turned to my cousins and what they would be like.

That night we all meet at a small restaurant in Carmel Valley. Wow what fun! I was not the only man with gray hair. Henry looked just like he did years ago except for some gray hair, David looked very much the same except he was sporting a goatee with a little gray, and Gary looked the same except he seemed much taller and had a little gray around the temples. Uncle Charley looked great as usual, I only hope I can look and act half as well as my uncle.

What fun we had. Marti talked with the ladies and I talked with the guys. We visited for the evening reminiscing about things from our past. We had a lively discussion about my current Medicare enrollment. Can you believe grown men would have a discussion about Medicare. We talked about how Marti and I meet. I explained about the large number of losers I meet looking for Marti. I explained about the lady who asked if I was a US citizen as well as a few of the other ladies I meet. We were all laughing and enjoying the moment. It was so nice to be together with my cousins without the event being the death of someone we love. We talked about a lot of other things.

We talked about our siblings our other cousins and our aunts and uncles. It sure is great being in this great Italian family. All to soon it was time to leave and end the party. My insides were doing flip flops. I was so happy to have started to rebuild the family ties yet I was sad to be leaving the party.

On the drive home all I did was talk to Marti about my cousins. We talked (maybe it was just me talking) all the way home. In fact, we talked late into the night. Wow what fun I had. I just wish you all could have been so happy.