If there is one thing Nonna knows how to do well it is celebrate her kids (and grandkids).
I marked the close of one chapter of my career yesterday and will be beginning a new one next week, so in the mean time…Nonna and I are “celebrating.”
How are we celebrating?
After the dancing, clapping and gift exchanges (got a new work dress woo!)…I walk downstairs yesterday to find fresh made pizza and two champagne glasses next to a bottle of champagne. I walk back upstairs, shocked that Nonna purchased alcohol for me…and said “Nonna, you got me champagne?”
Nonna: Yes it is…its a celebration.
Me: Wow…this is great. Are you going to drink some with me.
Nonna: Yes it is. You Nonna gonna get drunk.
Me: (Cracking Up the whole way down stairs) Ok, come on…lets pop it open.
I walk downstairs, pick up the bottle and open the wrapping on top, to find a screw cap. Confused, as I have never seen “scew cap champagne” I glance down at the bottle…
Me: Nonna, this is not champagne.
Nonna: Yes it is.
Me: Where did you get it?
Me: Ok, let me ask you a question…can you buy other alcohol at Acme?
Me: So…why would you be able to buy champagne there…this is apple juice.
Nonna: Oh…so no alcohol.
Nonna: Good. Now you be responsible.
Me: I was really hoping for some champagne.
Nonna, cracking up the whole time, pours me a nice big glass of sparking cider…made a lovely toast, clinked my glass and slammed down her first glass.
I slowly nursed mine.
Nonna poured herself another.
Nonna: This is good…good thing there is no alcohol or your nonna would be drunk.
Me: I know, I wanted to see this.
Nonna: Never is going to be the day.