This true story, by Alex Perry, took place in Italy. My true story took place in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
It was a measure of the desperation of many ’Ndrangheta women that the men kept finding it necessary to carry them out. Perhaps it was inevitable. ’Ndrangheta mothers knew their sons would grow up to be killers and drug dealers destined for prison and an early grave. They knew their daughters would be married off as they had been, barely pubescent, to an older, abusive, criminal husband. They expected to lose their own abusive, criminal husbands to death or jail. Faced with a life in which what Concetta called Rosarno’s “stone-hearted men” extinguished all the light and joy in the world, it was hardly surprising that the town’s women grabbed what little sweetness they could.
Excerpt from The Good Mothers by Alex Perry. HarperCollinsPublishers.
So much for FAMILY. I am thankful for all the love in my life, and it’s abundant. I no longer and haven’t needed for thirteen years, a family such as this. They risked it all for their children to have a different life, to experience life as they should. The Italian mothers living among savages, their own families, fought for respect and love. And so did I. Happy Sunday everyone.