JuliaI’m Julia and I’m four and a half.

My little sister Sophia told you yesterday lots about our Nonna and how much fun she is. And she is right. We both love Nonna very much. We love playing with her and we love eating her yummy pasta.

But Sophia didn’t tell you much about our Nonno… so I will.

We both love Nonno. He’s not like any other grown-up I’ve ever met before!

Julia with her Nonno

Nonno is a farmer and he has a huge garden and chickens and goats. But Mommy says that Nonno wasn’t always a farmer, he used to be something called a “heavy duty mechanic” way up north in Canada. He worked in a gold mine in Yellowknife for 35 years! And even in the super cold weather up north, Nonno would never get sick. He never missed a single day of work in all those 35 years.

Nonno In His Garden

At the gold mine, Nonno fixed all the big machines that the miners used to dig gold out of the ground.

There’s NOTHING my Nonno can’t fix. He has so many tools in his garage, that I can’t even count that high. He fixes up old tractors and he even made his own barbeque – instead of buying one from the store.

Julia on the Tractor

Late at night when I’m supposed to be sleeping, I overhear Nonno tell stories of the old days in Yellowknife. He would go ice fishing and hunting and live in the bush for weeks. Bears would come to his cabin, but he was never scared. He had tricks to send them away.

I heard my Nonno say he’s never been scared even once in his life. It’s hard to imagine… I’m only 4 and a half, and I’ve already been scared plenty of times. But if you met my Nonno, you’d believe it. He’s not like anyone else. Nothing scares him. He can make anything, do anything and fix anything — except a computer — for that you need to talk to my Daddy.

But Nonno isn’t just good at all that fix-it stuff… he’s really good at playing with Sophia and me. He’s so funny… he’s teases us lots and makes us laugh like crazy.

I really wish my Nonni could live with me in Canada. I told my Mommy they could sleep on our couch, but she said that wouldn’t work very well. I’m going to be sad when I leave here. I really love my Nonni.

Julia with her Nonno

Written by Julia (with help from my Mom)


  1. says

    Hi from Grandma in Canada – it brings tears to my eyes to read about the wonderful time you are having with your Nonna and Nonno in Italy. What a special treat for you all to be together. You are going to have wonderful memories of all your family in Italy!

  2. Julie says

    Julia what a beautiful story about your Nonno. We really miss you but are so happy you will have so many stories to tell us about Italy when you get back. It’s also nice to hear about your Daddy’s side of the family because back in Canada the ladies of the family kind of rule! See you soon,

    Lot’s of love Madison and Avery

  3. says

    What a sweet and adorable post. I loved how it was from ‘her’ point of you!!
    Grandparents are such wonderful people. Thanks for sharing Nonno with us :-)

  4. says

    Oh I loooove this post. So glad you are having a great time in Italy. Makes me think of my grandparents (orignally from Italy but immigrated to the states in 1925 or so). What an amazing trip and photos.

    ~Thanks for sharing!

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