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The Bread Man
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As a small child I spent a lot of time at Uncle Ciccio's house, partly because my mom and dad both worked, mostly because Uncle Ciccio's wife was my mother's older sister. The branches of my family tree are very intertwined! Being the bread delivery man to local businesses who had to have their supplies early, Uncle Ciccio's days started long before anyone else's so he would get home from work early in the afternoons and there were many summer days that I would sit and watch baseball games with him. He didn't seem to have a team favorite but a love of the game that he patiently explained to me.
He also became an avid bowler with the Holy Name Society from his church. Even though he embraced all these new past times, he never forgot where he came from and all the things that made him the man he was. He learned at a very early age how to be a hard worker, how to never take advantage of what you had, the value of family near and far and in our close knit Italian community he was the expert concertina player. He lived to be close to 90 years old, which in my mind made him the real patriarch of our family passing on his life lessons to the rest of us and as I fondly look back on all my memories of Uncle Ciccio I realize he was the true definition of a Renaissance man.
1In Italy, the name is still spelled Mitidieri. When most of the relatives came to America for some reason it was changed to Mitidiero, except for a rare few who decided to maintain Mitidieri.
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