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PROVERB FROM ITALY:

A FATHER AND A MOTHER CAN RAISE A HUNDRED CHILDREN, BUT ONE
HUNDRED CHILDREN CAN,T TAKE CARE OF A MOTHER AND FATHER.

Where learned: DETROIT ; DAUGHTERS HOME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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A STORY INVOLVING A MIRACLE

ONCE THERE WAS A WEALTHY MAN AND HIS WIFE. THEY WERE SO WELL
OFF THAT THEY WEREN'T CAREFUL ABOUT CRUMBS AND BREAD. BUT AFTER
EATING, THE WIFE WOULD GO AROUND AND GATHER UP ALL THE CRUMBS AND
FEED THE BIRDS OUTSIDE, BUT SHE HAD TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THE
HUSBAND DIDN'T LIKE IT.
ONCE HE CAUGHT HER WITH HER HANDS FULL OF CRUMBS AND ASKED TO SEE
WHAT WAS IN HER HANDS. SHE HID HER FISTS BEHIND HER BACK. (THE
INFORMANT MADE THAT SAME GESTURE.) BUT HE STILL ASKED TO SEE WHAT
SHE HAD. WHEN HE MADE HER OPEN HER HANDS THERE WAS NOTHING IN
THEM BUT A CRUCIFIX. THE BREAD HAD TURNED INTO CHRIST.

Submitter comment: AS TOLD TO INFORMANT BY HER MOTHER WHO TOLD IT AS TRUE.
TOLD AS WE WERE EATING DINNER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DAUGHTERS HOME

James Callow Keyword(s): KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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TRADITIONAL ITALIAN WEDDING DAY DINNER:
PREPARED BY BRIDE'S MOTHER, WITH HELP OF RELATIVES.
ANTIPASTO
SOUP AND GREENS
SPAGHETTI (WITH SHORT NOODLES FOR EASIER EATING)
AND GREENS
VEAL WITH PEAS AND MUSHROOMS
ROAST CHICKEN AND SALADS
WEDDING CAKE
INFORMANT SAID THAT AT HER WEDDING HER MOTHER WORKED
SO HARD PREPARING THE FOODS THAT HER FEET BOTHERED
HER THE REST OF HER LIFE AND WERE NEVER AS THEY
WERE BEFORE.

Where learned: DAUGHTERS HOME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Dinner

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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ITALIAN PROVERB

WHEN A MAN MARRIES HE MOVES AWAY FROM HIS FATHER.

Submitter comment: (MEANING THAT IT IS RIGHT AND PROPER THAT HE DO SO AND THERE
BE A DEFINITE SEPARATION BETWEEN THEM.)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DAUGHTERS HOME

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 10-26-1969

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