Today is my parents 57th Anniversary. They were both born on the Island of Faial, in the Azores Archipelago, which is a part of Portugal. They grew up in the same small village of Cedros and my mother Albertina (pictured above on the right) moved to Brooklyn with her family in 1947.
When she was 21, she went back for an extended visit and fell in love with my father Felisberto (pictured above on the right). At the same time, her sister Filomena fell in love with my father’s brother Antonio (both pictured above left). They had a double wedding and moved back to the Brooklyn, NY.
At the time of their wedding, the island of Faial was experiencing a volcanic eruption, which created an new section of the island. You can see and Newsday article about their wedding and pictures of the two couples at the site of the eruption from 1957 and again in 2007, their 50th Anniversary, below.
Since then, my uncle Tony has passed and my mom has been fighting cancer, and winning! My husband Steve and I are planning to go back to Faial with my parents and my sister Tina this August. I just called to wish them a very happy Anniversary with many more to come!
Several years ago, I wrote a song for my parents and did a quick recording on my laptop. It’s a bit syrupy but I hope you enjoy it. It’s called “Mother and Father”.