It is midafternoon on a blustery winter day; the sun is hiding behind a cloud. The nonnas sit around a kitchen table, each crocheting a lacy gift for a June bride. Their fingers move nimbly to cast onto their crochet hooks the finest cotton thread — thin enough to sew seams on a silk wedding dress. There is […]
On weekends, the nonnas often take the grandchildren to the movies. One Saturday, the women and children enter a local theater. The children laugh as they race down the aisle. Even though it’s ten minutes until the feature begins, the matron stops them. Her flashlight beam would be at home reflected on a prison wall.
“Leave the kids alone,” a nonna says, warding […]