"I went to first grade for a month, maybe six weeks. The Italian Army invaded the village, therefore we were left without a teacher. Luckily, she left the textbook with us and so from that textbook my illiterate mother and I learned how to read."
“I’ll just take this child and put him in a little baby bed and he’ll just lay there and I can do my work, and then we had you. That wasn’t the way it worked out? No. You cried and fussed and carried on and you were way more work than I was prepared for.”