The first tidbits came in the form of kitchen wisdom; when you are cooking always bless your food, cook in odd numbers and throw the salt over your shoulder for good luck in your kitchen. These were pretty much straight forward and easy enough to follow. I still do these to this very day.
The second piece of advice came before I met my future in- laws and their extended family. As I was getting ready for my trip out to Pittsburgh, my grandmother told me, “don’t be nervous…..you will never be alone in a crowd if you find a couple of Italians (Italian Americans)…they will always make you feel welcomed”
The latter piece of advice was so heartfelt and sincere. I knew that she was a wise woman and would not steer me wrong.
I just had never thought that some twenty years later, I would hear my Grandmother’s words echoed when I embarked on my professional career.