A Tomato Sauce Tradition

No one in my family has ever bought a jar of pasta sauce. It’s just not our style. Like most Italian families around here, we’d go to the basement and grab a jar of our homemade sauce off the shelves. Growing up, I didn’t even know that not everyone did this.

A Practical Mother’s Day

When I was very young, my siblings and I would each buy $1 roses at our church and give them to our mother on Mother’s Day. She found the gesture sweet, but of course, if a seven-year-old gives you anything, you’re going to find it very sweet.

The Meaning of Hanukkah Gelt

A Tradition of Lucky Money

My mom is superstitious: knock wood, don’t jinx it, pick up lucky money. Like many people she learned the superstitions from her mother and has passed down to me a vague uneasiness about violating them.