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Aunt Chris and Uncle Luigi’s pretty table


My mother’s brother, Louie, or Luigi, Rotello, like almost all his five siblings, married non-Italians. In my mother’s case, it was a Jew she wed, and in Uncle Luigi’s, it was a longtime Yankee whose ancestry goes back to the Mayflower. And Chris and Louie made a beautiful home together, what with his handy ways, great cooking, and gardening  — and her sense of beauty. She always makes sure her many beautiful silver pieces, cutlery, and crystal are polished beautifully.

This is a picture of their annual Thanksgiving dinner table, as it was this year.