|Locri, Reggio Calabria - P. Serafino|
The biggest challenge for him I think when he arrived was the language barrier. Being a first generation Canadian myself, I never really learned *proper* Italian (but I do a mean dialect) and so I never taught my children to speak it. In hindsight I think it's one of the single biggest mistakes I have ever made in my life and had I to do it over I would have at least taught them the basics. I did almost fall off my chair last week when during one of our daily SKYPE conversations he slipped up and told me to hang on a minute in a somewhat attempt to speak Italian.
The second biggest challenge for him was trying to figure out who all the 'family' is. I have always considered my kids fortunate because not only do they have their cousins but they have a wonderful group of neighbour's who have taken care of them since I can remember. We have always considered them family and probably always will. But I never stopped and thought about how he would feel with all this new family thrown at him or what he would think about always having them around. Family plays such a huge part in Italian families. They do so much together which is something that has been lost during the generations here so I wonder how this will affect, or even if it will affect how he feels about family when he arrives home.
Meanwhile I want to wish all the Giuseppe's and Giuseppina's out there a special Auguri!