My LOVING, MAGNIFICENT, MAGICAL Great-Grandmother — Maria Torromeo Cipro — a fierce, proud immigrant from Italy who helped supplement her little family’s income by serving as wet-nurse to several neighborhood children whose own mothers were unable to nurse them for whatever reason.
She is pictured here with her youngest son — my Great-Uncle Louis Cipro — who, according to family lore, was still enjoying the fruits of his lactating mother’s labor at the grand old age of four.
Sporting a big bow and rag-curls — because, after two sons (including my Grandfather Tommy), my Grandmother had desperately wanted a girl — Lou shamelessly reaches his tiny hand down the front of her humble dress with a smirk.
It’s GOOD to be da king.
Adams Avenue, Rochester, New York, circa 1926.