Two years ago
We met this sweet lady sitting on a bench outside her apt.
Meet Lucy Delfino
She has lived on MULBERRY Street since she was born.
Julie and I struck up a conversation with her,
knowing how interesting she would be.
We were right... unbelievable.
She must be Italian, she had spaghetti stains all over her pretty white dress.
She even put her earrings on that night.
Now move forward in time to August 2011.
Randy and I retuned to Mulberry St. and found her again. We didn't know what apt. she lived in (we forgot), but I ended up buzzing everyone in the building looking for
We got in, even though "this is N.Y."
She remembered us. Juliet and I had sent her notes when we got back to the cottage 2 yrs. ago.
She said she wrote back, but the letter didn't get to us. It was returned to her : (
I couldn't believe Randy and I were sitting in her sweet tiny apt. on Mulberry St. in Little Italy.
Can you believe she has lived here her whole life?
She knows EVERYONE. She has to walk up and down 6 flights of stairs to grocery shop, do her laundry, go to church (yes EVERY Sunday), and get some fresh air.
On this street.
Mulberry Street. Where its ALWAYS busy and EXCITING.
This was the day she was married.
All her life's treasures are crammed into a
400 sq. ft. apt.
She had both her parents' wakes in this apt.
You'll NEVER guess how much her RENT is...
Are you ready?
$87.14. Yup, rent control - YEAH!
She used to look out this window
and see the Mafia walking up and down the street. In fact, the"Dapper Don" Don Gotti once visited her and her husband in their apartment.
She also entertained a lot. Yes, in that tiny little space she calls home.
I bet they were GREAT TIMES.
She wanted to cook for us.
Randy and Lucy were comparing recipes.
She said SHE makes the BEST
eggplant parmesan. I bet she would give Randy a run for his money.
She told us to call before we come next time and she would cook us a REAL Italian meal.
Oh I will Lucy, I will.
But we had reservations at our favourite restaurant,
We wanted her to join us, but she wasn't feeling up to it. She's had a few health issues lately : (
She's a giver, and wanted to give me something.
The new store owner downstairs wanted Lucy to have something sparkly.
Lucy said, "This is too fancy for me, I think you should have it".
I couldn't say no, after all it's from
Lucy Delfino on Mulberry St.
Randy and Lucy holding a picture of her
husband. She misses him.
He died in 1986. She does have a caring son that comes every week to check in on her and help her out. Good boy.
Here she is in her tiny bedroom.
Her furniture is Chippendale.
Beautiful and massive.
She offered to sleep on the couch if we wanted to stay the night. How sweet is that?
Here she is saying goodbye.
What a treat to have met this wonderful soul.
May God keep you safe Lucy Delfino.
My ♥ is full.
I'll see you soon.
I would like to wish my sister and brother in law