|Mamma Agata, facebook.com|
A mecca is a point of recreation, gathering, and center for a particular group. Italian mothers are known to be the axis on which their family spins, the matriarch is held with the most regard. Italians are drawn to their homes by mamma to dine on traditional cuisine and share stories from the day (or at least on a weekly basis, even once grown). Italian-Americans typically do not move far from each other considering this tradition and the glue the Italian mother has laid doesn't stretch very far.
In Italy, Mother's Day is celebrated the second Sunday in May, same as ours this year! The day starts with church and focuses on showering the mother with love, gifts, and treats throughout the day, she is not expected to cook or work. Though certainly most do not hand over their kitchen to just anyone. Mother's Day is a chance to bring about tradition to the epicenter of love in the family and to dine and to help spread the joy to all that she provides all year. Families are there for each other, daily, in business, and in a place that draws us back time and again. Family is home.
Certainly all families have traditions that bring them together, allow for those to shine bright this Mother's Day. The base of the family, the love that keeps the group together, the mother created core, is what family is all about. Show appreciation for family-based culture and become proof of that time being worth everything. Make being together a bit sweeter and a bit more Italian this year and allow us to Scoop Some Happiness to your family on Mother's Day!
|A scoop of Pino Gelato for Mom = smile!|