Friday, February 14, 2014

100 years

One hundred years ago today an amazing man entered the world. He was fun and loud and bossy and passionate and generous. The ideal Italian. He has been gone a long time, but his legacy lives on. I see him in the eyes of my little girl. She has his eyes, and his sweet wife's namesake.

He was so proud of his Valentine's Day birth day. I spent Valentine's Day at his house each year with my cousins celebrating him. As I baked cookies yesterday in his honor, I decided I needed to do something more. I wanted to share a little piece of him. So, I compiled old photos that I have of him. 

Lewis Bleggi 100 years from courtney wallin on Vimeo.

Also, when I was in junior high, I interviewed him. Some of my questions are silly. My very favorite part of the interview is at the very end when he says my name. I can still hear him calling for me in his boisterous voice, "Oh Courtney." I only wish I would have known him more.

Lewis Bleggi Interview circa 1989 from courtney wallin on Vimeo.
(Be patient with this. The sound will begin 30 seconds after you press play.)

Happy Birthday Grandpa Louie. Hope you are enjoying a fun celebration with all those you love. I love you. Till we meet again.