C is for Cousins

Some of my favorite cousins

As a very young child, my best friends were my cousins (children from my dad’s siblings) and I saw most of them on Sundays, holidays and almost every day in the summer. There were other second, or once removed cousins in the mix as well, but the core were the 18 from the Truglio line. I am the oldest (the one who was supposed to know better), but I had my sister Mary and two cousins, Sal and Bill, to help mastermind the mischief and play. We were and still are known as the Four Big Kids. My cousins continue to be part of my family’s fabric. We try to gather for Christmas (Grandma’s favorite holiday) and in the summer. 

My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling. 

Pray for peace. 

Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding on Pexels.com

Enjoy ❤️.   Like 👍.  Share 😊. 



Schedule your Book Club Events and School Author Visits. Available in LIVE and Virtual platforms!

Download FREE Curriculum Connections


If you had purchased a paperback or ebook The Heart of Bakers and Artists, The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers and/or Becoming America’s Food StoriesThank you!

Help your fellow book club friends and bibliophiles find a great read by leaving a review on Amazon and in your Goodreads account. Here are the helpful links:

The Heart of Bakers and Artists

The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers

Becoming America’s Food Stories


Hope you are hungry. Becoming America’s Food Stories recalls the tales that have been told around my family’s dinner table. The histories explain the motivations over bowls of macaroni, antics play out while slurping soup, and laughter echoes throughout the dining room. Pull up a seat. There’s always room.
The Heart of Bakers and Artists is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1911. The story follows nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, who wants to prove she is not a little kid. To be a big kid in the crowded tenement neighborhoods, she must tackle bigotry, bullies, disasters, dotty bakers, and learn to cross the street by herself
The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists left off.Lily has big dreams to sing out with her powerful voice, but must do EVERYTHING, since Mama fell into a deep depression, the baby is sick, and the “Black Hand” terrorizes the neighborhood, threatening her chance to sing at the New York Highlanders Fourth of July baseball game.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

5 thoughts

  1. I come for a very small family and haven’t lived in my hometown for over 45 years. Unfortunately, I have not seen any of my cousins in over 16 years. It’s for reasons like this that I am very thankful for Facebook! 😀

    Like

Leave a Reply to Weekends in Maine Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.