Always difficult to justify one's presence or not, invited and/or expected to make an appeaance, or not - I have been unable to attend 3 funerals in the last 10 years, basically for the same reasons, simply financial!
This time around, this reason did not exist, and with any chance, I should get to see one of my nieces halfway between her residence and ours as well!
I intend to use this article to show a little of mysef and Tina Concetta in her "natural surroundings" - she it was who lost her mother just 7 hours before we landed at JFK Airport. Her father died some years ago, but she still has 2 sisters and a brother all who live in or around this area, and they all grew up in this building I am now staying at. I was obliged to be present at the wake, which thankfully was only 1 day, and forced me to try to put around 400 new names to new faces......she was a popular woman.
He was delighted to say yes, and spoke for a long time in French with me! He came from French Guyana and had been sent to the multi-kulti New York, but to a predominantly Italian neighbourhood!
Downtown New York (Photo credit: sreevishnu)