by Susan

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)

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Carrie September 18, 2009 at 2:39 pm

It looks like you guys are having a wonderful trip! Loving the meet the family posts.


2 Cascia September 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm

What a cute story! I bet you are having a great time visiting them. It sounds like you have a little budding blogger! I love your photos too.


3 Rachel September 18, 2009 at 9:14 pm

What amazing memories y’all are making – precious!! That’s so awesome!!
Have a great trip!


4 Joan Winter September 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

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!


5 Kelly from Faithful Bloggers September 19, 2009 at 1:01 am

That is one of the sweetest posts I have read in a while. What a way to honor one’s grandparents! Thank you for sharing this.


6 Kasey September 19, 2009 at 1:32 am

How adorable! So special that your daughter is spending time with someone you all love so dearly. Great memories!


7 rc September 19, 2009 at 2:39 am

What amazing pictures of Julia with her nonno!


8 HSB Suzanne (aka Anita) September 19, 2009 at 10:12 am

These pictures remind me of when I was about the same age as Julia. I visited a great uncle of mine who had a large garden out in the country. We have a similar picture (to the one on the bottom) of me with him. :)


9 Billy the kid September 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm

oh my goodness. too cute. TOO CUTE!!!!


10 Julie September 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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


11 Casual Friday Every Day September 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

This is just the coolest! How awesome to be in Italy. My husband’s family lives in Italy… most of them are there actually. It looks like a stunning place to visit.



12 Mikki September 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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 :-)


13 Lisa L September 21, 2009 at 6:04 am

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!


14 Stephanie September 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm

That list picture of Julia with the hat on is just priceless. Frame-worthy, for sure.


15 Jeanine p September 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Wow ! we have a Nonno too ! I always remember how to spell it now after I spelled it NO NO for years ! lol ck me out at
I’m trying to build subscribers :)


16 Grace September 30, 2009 at 1:34 am

It’s great that your lovely daughters get to bond with their grandparents! My daughter loves going to Japan to meet hers too. :-)


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