Tuesday, October 11, 2016

366 Project - Day 285 - "Right Next to My Heart"

October 11, 2016 - "Right Next to My Heart"

Tonight I officially became a First Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus... an amazing organization which my family has long been associated with. My grandfather - Nunzie Peter Pia - was a Fourth Degree Knight since the 1950s - and was an official photographer for the K of C. I have such fond memories of him and the K of C from when I was growing up - including standing with him outside a grocery store selling Tootsie Rolls to raise money for charity. I'd always end up with some Tootsie Rolls for myself, which I'd bring to school... and the other kids were always amazed because they were long Tootsie Rolls, much bigger than the little mini ones they were used to.

Tonight, as I became a First Degree Member of Brookfield Council 11913, I did so with a bit of my Grandfather next to my heart. I had his name badge clipped to the inside pocket of my suit jacket, right against my chest.

I swear I could feel his presence behind me, as my eyes began to tear up during the ceremony. I have a feeling he was smiling!

I love and miss you so much, Grandpa! I promise to do my best to make you proud!


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