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Mother's Day Salute Series: Frankie Graziano on Rosa Graziano.

POSTED May 08, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Rosa Maria Graziano

A birthday, a mother’s day, or any other one day in the calendar is not enough to honor the Jerry Rice of all mothers.

I like to think of you as a mother to all mothers. You have been hailed by all for your ability to provide by those outside of our clan from the time that Vinnie brought his first friend to dinner to your modern day support to others on Facebook.

No one has ever received universal acclaim like you do. A person you see at the bank. “You look familiar, do I know you?” That individual may not have any idea who you are, but almost instantaneously, they feel the awesome power of that kind face of yours.

No one can compare to you. A physical example of your excellence: no one can make a better pasta sauce. It is “outta the world”, as you would put it.

Characteristically, no mother is more resilient than you are. Not many teenagers can come to a new country, lose a father, and drop out of school to support a family of nine kids, only to survive and prosper.

You visit your son at the cemetery every day. You do not cry. You do not beg for pity. You walk in memory of your son. You type on in memory of your son. You live on in memory of your son.

Your love is the ultimate comfort. Yes, you have always been there to support me physically and financially. But it is your warmth and kind words that give me the strength to persevere in times of struggle. 

I apologize for giving you a hard time on a daily basis, especially as I tease you for your online behavior. I promise to be a man filled with love, respect, and principle in your honor.

Happy Mother’s day to a very special woman who once was able to celebrate a birthday, a mother’s day, and a child’s college graduation in the same day: a once in lifetime occurrence for a once in a lifetime lady.

Frankie Jr.

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