Grandma’s Song

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Eh Cumpari, ci vo sunari

Chi si sona? Un friscalettu

E comu si sona you friscalettu?

You friscalette, tipiti tipiti tam

More magical than a grand castle,

her home was love

I found gold in that old formica table

and picked sweet cherries from the backyard tree

as I spilled purple Kool-Aid from a bubbled pitcher

And on the best days, she would sing

this silly little song, acting out the parts

as we all played along, joining in as we

recited a language we didn’t speak

We knew every word by heart

How was I to know that song she sang

would cradle me in times of joy and times

of sorrow, her loving spirit still reaching me

so long after she left us

She knew… each time she sang, she knew

We’ve taught this song to our children,

my sisters and I, passing down the memory as

we laughed and danced and created new memories

and a safe place to land, still feeling the warmth

of my grandmother’s arms

photo: mine

prompt: Gina Barreca –  “What’s the first thing you learned by heart?”

song: Eh Cumpari by Julius La Rosa


  1. I wish I had paid lots more attention to the local songs and games of my grandmother….now I am culturally lost and totally westernized….not being able to recall any of these. More familiar with baa baa black sheep and other ditties….a great regret.

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