I was lucky to receive many amazing gifts for my 32nd birthday this past July, but one gift continues to shine, a rare family photograph.
My Thea (Aunt) Paulette found this photo while going through my Yiayia Katina's (Grandma, her Mom) things.
|The Marinos' and the Berbelis' + other Greek cousins and family in 1960 Canton, Ohio|
This may just look like a regular 'ol retro photograph of a family enjoying a day in the park but there's so many family layers here for me.
- The boy squatting down on the left? That's my father, Anthony.- The girl with the broken leg making the funny face on the right? That's my mother, Stephanie, who as a 2nd grader broke her leg roller skating.
Yes, my parents knew each other when they were kids - growing up Greek in Canton, Ohio that wasn't absurd - I've just never seen a picture of them together this young, which is awesome. But there's more...
The man holding the giant spit of lamb? (So Greek, I know). My Papou (Grandfather) James on my Dad's side, who I sadly never met. The man lovingly looking at my mom on the crutches? My Papou Nick, who I also sadly never met. The white haired gentlman looking on? My Great Grandfather Yianni, crazy right?
My Thea Eros (Dad's sister) is the taller girl right behind my Dad, and my Thea Paulette (who gave me the picture) is behind my Mom in the sweet glasses. My awesome cousins Annie and Janet are by my Papou James as well as some other random cousins from my Dad's side that don't acknowledge I'm their cousin, ha.
It's all pretty cool and special for me to see not only my parents at such a young age together in a photograph but also both of my Papou's together in a photograph.
This is family people!
And thanks to my Thea Paulette I now have this photo prominently and beautifully framed in my living room to glance at everyday. I love it.