One Ring To Rule Them All

When my Anna and her Vito passed, my great grandparents, I got his ring and one meatball. Everyone in the family got a meatball nana made from her deep freezer. The ring was made in Italy by my great grandmother to her husband when they were 20. It’s beautiful gold and red. One ring, one meatball, so Italian. Of all my cousins I feel so blessed to have gotten the ring. My uncle Jamie should have gotten the ring, but he killed himself when I was ten. My grandma Diane, who I’m named after is the first born of four daughters. My mother is her oldest living child. I’m my mother’s only child. My daughter is first born. It’s kind of magical. I do have an uncle Derek who the ring could have gone to but I suppose they wanted it to go to the youngest generation.

In truth, besides genealogy, I’m not sure why I was picked. I feel the intent. Build a house, host the family parties. Be the new Daleo house. I wish I was privy to the conversation. My nickname in the family is Baby Diana and Princess Di. My father is adopted but clearly from some European descent. My father, Jamie and I were all gifted, but I’m not sure about anyone else in the family. Maybe smarts had something to do with it. Maybe there was a plan to pass down tradition to me. I’m unsure.

When I was a child, there were rumors my family was mob. I think it was started because of the arrest. That is all the illegal activity we have done though. We are from Sicily, I understand the rumors. Maybe there were some mob like intents or connections, but we decided to be normal and acclimate to the country. We had a basement poker game for a while but now we just go to the casinos or play online. Maybe that is part of why I got the ring. My grandma’s line is the gambling family. My mother desperately wanted me to marry a poker player or a son of one of her friends. She knew they could make a lot of money. Personally I don’t have anything against poker players but I have never been in a casino. I think running the room of a casino would be an awesome job for me. I’m great with angry people. For now, I’m just retail.

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