Live dialogue from Little Italy
Everyone was your mother. They all had the right to discipline you and had no problem doing that. So if you were on another block and someone saw you messing up, they were going to scold you before your mother or your parents even got to you.
I was born and raised here. My mother was born over 77 years ago in the house in Little Italy where she still lives. It was my grandfather’s house; he died in 1976 at the age of 80. He came over from Italy in 1912 and we lived with him in his house until he died. So we had three generations together.
My parents had one bathroom, one tub. I always tried to figure out … how did several families live in this one house? But you know they did it.
This is still my home. When people ask where you’re from, I don’t say Lutherville, Maryland … I say Little Italy."
Suzanna Molino is the director of Promotion Center for Little Italy, author of 'Baltimore's Little Italy' and editor of Neighborhood News from Little Italy.