My Grandmother's Rosary

This is my Grandmother's Rosary. It's made up of white stone beads.
This is my Grandmother's Rosary. It's made up of white stone beads.

A very important object in my life is my Grandmother’s rosary. It was given to her by her mother (my Great-Grandmother). As a child in 1930, she immigrated with her mother from Italy to America with that rosary. Out of all the things she had in Italy, she picked this one item to take with her. It must have been important. When she and my grandfather gave birth to my father, she gave her new son the rosary. When my father and mother gave birth to me, my father gave the rosary to me. I choose this item over other items because it resembles my family’s religion, heritage, and generations all in one item.  The rosary is important because it reminds me or whoever of my family has hold of it where they came from and how generations of my family have never forgotten about heritage. It reminds me to never forget where my family came from, and that they’ve made sacrifices to help its future generations. I use it sometimes to pray when I have a big exam or an important event in my life. Although it is not really a rosary, I use it like one. When one uses a rosary, they pray with it. I do the same thing with my object. I keep it in my house in a suede bag. It means a lot to me. 

Place(s): Italy, New York
Year: 1930

– Angelo Menna

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant