The family matriarch, momma has been slowed by strokes and cataracts from the days when she led her church rosary society in a wide range of church activities. She’s raised eight children through some of the most difficult times in U.S. economic history and a year before the story begins, she’d lost her husband, poppa, at a time she had hoped they could finally start enjoying their lives together.
She passes her time listening to Italian language radio all day and thinks of the old country
In real life, the person momma is based on never learned English well enough to speak it with the family, and so only spoke Italian. We have given her voice in English to facilitate the story telling in “New Year’s Eve at Grandma’s House.”