“I had to go to a communion, and I didn’t have a dress. I told my friend to bring me someplace to buy one.
She told me that the dress wasn’t sewn well, and the seams were all sloppy, something she would never stand for in her own sewing work.
“I said, ‘Why did you bring me here?’ and my friend said, ‘It’s a little cheaper.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry about it.
I’m not buying this dress.’”
While my grandfather, a longshoreman, and grandmother, a stay-at-home mother of four, didn’t have much money to spend on things that weren’t vital, such as food on the table, Nonna’s always appreciated quality over everything else and has an appreciation for what makes a piece of clothing valuable, special, and worth saving for a long time to come.