my grandpa and his sister carmeline...upon his imminent departure to serve in the navy in world war ii (after lying about his age so he could serve). they are standing in the backyard of their childhood home in the famous st. louis neighborhood, "the hill," the very italian section of the city.
he supported his family from the age of 12. he was the most caring, kind and gentle man i knew (until i met my husband). his family always came first and he was the greatest example of devotion i have ever witnessed. i credit him with helping me become the woman i am today.