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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 5, 2012 Page 11 II II OF QUINCY MASSACHUSETTS by David Saliba AT THE BEGINNING ... A small group of immigrated Italian male citizens with tremendous foresight as to the economic problems which may beset their fami- lies if they were unable to remain healthy and continue supporting themselves, de- cided to band together and mutually aid one another should such a crisis befall their homes. AT THE BEGINNING ... It was decided to enlist as a unit in the Order of the Sons of Italy in America. However, in the year 1932 they de- cided to leave this order and attempt an organization of their own. How well they did organize! The choice of a name for the organization was relatively easy ... TORRE DEI PASSERI ... the name of the town in Italy most of the men had immigrated from. AT THE BEGINNING ... Financial assets were low but courage was extremely high. This same intestinal fortitude formed the founda- tion of the highly successful mutual benefit society which exists today -- one of the most financially sound and consistent in membership of all mutual benefit societies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are able to now boast of several third generation members. AT THE BEGINNING ... Thoughts were only of finan- cial aid and assistance to any brother and his family in le- gitimate need but as mem- bership increased so did the need for socializing and en- tertaining in the "Old Coun- try" style. How well some of we second generation mem- bers do remember events of our childhood: The annual family picnic with busload after busload of families with enough good food to last from early morning until late in the evening when the buses returned ... the singing. AT THE .BEGINNING ... Necessity for mutual finan- cial assistance sustained membership in the society. As the second generation membership allows our third generation members to as- sume the responsibility of continuing the great tradi- tion of the society, PRIDE becomes the cause for con- tinuance. PROUD of our heritage and The Torre Dei Passeri Mutual Benefit Society of Quincy, Massachusetts will be celebrating our 90th an- niversary on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 7:00 pm at the Sons of Italy Hall at 120 Quarry Street, Quincy, MA. You must agree that this is a very unique accom- plishment for this category of organizations. For ticket inquiries, please call the president, Joseph Puopolo at 617-775-8301. For more info regarding the dinner, call James Papile at 617-472-0449. A Year in Italian Folklore- Embracing Darkness by Ally Dt Censo My dad always tells me a story about his childhood back in the Abruzzi region of Italy. He lived in a moun- tainous village on the out- skirts of Sulmona, where sloping hills gently pre- served the tiled houses and narrow streets into a se- rene, fairy-tale existence. However, once the early fall nights descended upon the village, these very moun- tains acquired a sinister appearance in the shadows, resembling a many-humped slumbering dragon. In his story, my dad is riding his bicycle home at night, wind- ing through the country lanes flanked by these vigi- lant mountains. He hears wolves howling in the dis- tance -- after all, the story of Little Red Riding Hood originated from such Euro- pean wildernesses. His heart races as his bicycle zips through a bend in the road which local lore warns is haunted. Such a ride would scare me silly, but whenever my dad recounts this story he does so with laughter and the kind of theatrical voice reserved for scary bedtime tales. He sounds as ff he would love to go back for one more nostal- gic bicycle trip one more time. I had my own surprising encounter with darkness a few weeks ago, one which initially gave me no grounds to smile. A wind storm caused the lights in my house to flicker ominously a few times before blowing out completely. As I inched my way from my family room to my kitchen, grabbing blindly for tables and chairs to guide me, I struggled to adapt my eyes to the utter dark- ness in front of me. Perhaps I watch too many episodes of Ghost Adventures and Haunted History, but I was afraid that something fright- ening would materialize from the shadows. Beneath all the fear, however, I was also annoyed. The power outage had disrupted a television show I wanted to see with my mother and I had planned to take a shower shortly after. Now both would have to wait. Finally, my mother lit a candle and the previously pitch-black kitchen turned into a golden nook where the walls seemed to dance with faint spangles of light. 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She used to laugh when folks said it must be nice not working since she knew that being a mother and taking care of the house was actually work too. Their working class values came from their own par- ents. One grandfather from Sciacca in Agrigento, Sicily came to America and took a laborer's job laying down railroad tracks. My other grandfather from West Cork was a longshoreman on the Charlestown waterfront. They believed in the value of hard work. When my Sicilian grandfather died suddenly at age 45, my grandmother was left with four little children to raise. She went to work since she had little choice. There were no EBT cards of free stuff coming her way. You sur- vived with family mostly on your own. When immigrants left Europe they often thought American streets were lined with gold but there was very little gold to be found. Whatever there was they earned the hard way after long days of work- ing up a good sweat. My father survived the Great Depression working for the W.P.A. laying side- walks and building bridges over in Readville. When he married my mother in 1947, she was the first Irish American in the Giarratani family. My father made sure his boys went to college. He had earned his high school di- ploma as an adult going to evening classes. Both my brother and I graduated from Boston State College, some- thing that made my parents quite proud. My brother even went on to graduate from New England Law School be- coming a lawyer. My parents saw their., children rise higher than them and that was the expectation back in my youth. Over the past four years our expectations as a nation have dropped. We now have a government that doesn't seem to get it. The most par- ents can hope for today is that their children will not fall backwards. Our children should do better than us but with college so expensive and work so scarce, there is little hope for increased prosperity. 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