Welcome Isabella Di Fronzo!
Roughly five years ago my oldest daughter walked into the Black Watch armoury on Parc Avenue in Montreal for the first time. It's a massive, impressive place with huge reinforced doors and ramps that would allow a tank to be driven right out on the parade square. And as a friend has once described this sacred place, the banners bearing the names of the soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross “hold up the ceiling.”
My little girl had to work hard at being a cadet. Sometimes it was really challenging. But as a mother, I was reassured by the patience of the officers. And by the young women who were my daughter's senior cadets. One of them, a very sweet and diminutive girl who was the youngest of three sisters, mentored my daughter closely that first year.
And her mother was one of the first friendly faces I got to know in the Regimental Family.
Isabella Di Fronzo - Isabella here on Persona Paper – is a recent addition to our writing community, but I have been fortunate to meet her in the flesh and to make the acquaintance of her husband and five beautiful children. Her older son learned bagpipes alongside my middle daughter. Her younger son learned to drum alongside my oldest daughter. And Isabella and I would exchange chat and support when we would meet at the armoury on those chilly, grey Saturdays.
I am pleased to see that already since joining us, Isabella has begun to share her wonderful Italian recipes – and also some of the intimate moments of her life. In her post, “ What Alzheimer did to Maria... ” she speaks frankly of how her family learned that her mother had Alzheimer's Disease, and of how the disease stole Maria away from her family.
I look forward to much more interesting and touching posts from Isabella. And I'm sure she will charm you, just as she did me and my family! She is a solid woman with a strong spirit and a great love of life. I know she will make a strong contribution to our community.
Image credit: Pipers and Highland dancers of the Black Watch cadets, to bring back dome memories! © Kyla Matton Osborne
Image Credit » Kyla Matton Osborne