Saturday, March 31, 2012

Two postcards from Clayton to Frank

Click on image to enlarge. Post cards from 1974 and 1975. One from Italy. I went to Paris, Venice and Rome for my honeymoon back in 1995. Venice was an absolutely beautiful city.

Thank you Clayton for granting permission to post the letters. I hope to post more.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sun City, Arizona

My father in back of the house in Sun City, AZ with the rose bushes.
My mom's mom, Alma Voltz had a house in AZ that my mom and dad moved to in 1987 from NYC.
It was a good time.
This photo is a sad one because my dad was very sick at the time and had been in and out of the hospital.

It is hard to see your parents get sick and it was not a very good time for everyone.
I like this photo because it is black and white and my dad loved to look at the rose garden.

His last poems were written living in this house and looking out onto the rose garden.

My father rests at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on North Cave Creek road.
It has been a while since I have visited the grave site but I am comforted by the fact that the stars look down
upon him at night in the wide expanse of the night sky.
My mom now also rests beside him as she did in life always.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Father and Daughter

Picture of my father and I on the terrace of our apt in NYC at Ave C, lower east side where we lived.
This apt was much better than the one before on 10th st between Ave A and Ave B.
That was a walk up and had mice and lots of cockroaches everywhere.

I had my own room at this apt and we were there for 10 years, through my High School years.
The second picture I believe is celebrating my graduation from Music and Art High School.
My mom and dad were a very handsome couple together.
I majored in Fine Art there and went off to SUNY Purchase and studied Art there as well.

Those were the best years. I studied Ballet at The Joffrey Ballet school in the city until I was 16 years old.
We were a family surrounded by music, poetry and studies.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Summer fun at the Cape

Every summer, the Samperi family went to Cape Cod, Mass. in August. As kids, we could not wait until camp was over so we could all get packed and load up the rental Dodge car and head to the Cape.
We would bring the whole kitchen sick with us and take the 8 hour ride to our cottage in Dennis Port which was near Hyannis.
We had the most fun ever. The sand dunes, the beach, the summer food, the best summers I ever had in my life!
My dad was the most happy at the Cape. He read and wrote a lot there. He was so relaxed and he loved being in the beauty of this place. My parents were very happy here. Away from the city life.

We were such a close family that this wonderful vacation that we took each summer made memories that lasted for ever. My brother and I grew up each summer with these moments on the Cape.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Family photos

These photos were taken in Brooklyn where my father was born. The top photo is the Samperi family:
Aunt Josie, Aunt Francis, Aunt Josephine, a cousin holding me, Uncle Frank, my mom, Uncle Jimmie and another cousin.
We had all the family functions in Brooklyn, Christmas, Easter, Birthdays and my Aunt Francis did all the Italian cooking. Or when we had a Communion we eat out at the neighborhood Italian restaurant.
They lived on Ave U and we went there almost twice a month and road the train from NY to Brooklyn.
The photo below is my Communion at the local Catholic church. I still have my little white pocketbook with my Bible. It was a beautiful memory to be with my whole family on this Holy moment in a child's life.
Very fond moments growing up with my Italian Samperi family.