Tuscan Son by Dino Parenti

"The joy of discovery was intense, but moments later I felt weak, drained, and sad. I stood in melancholy silence for several minutes over her grave. The questions still lingered, but at that moment it was sadness that overwhelmed me. Clementina Michelotti Parenti, the mother of five young children, dead at age 30 years. Staring at the little stone, I thought about this plot of earth, the very place that I am standing, where she was put unceremoniously into the ground a hundred years ago. And I realized that she was probably all alone that day in that field. No family. All alone." - excerpt from page 60