Joey’s List: Piccola Italia – Little Italy

Jenelle and I are expecting our first child next February. In July we found out our baby Joey was diagnosed with a severe Neural Tube Defect and is not expected to live more than a day. To celebrate her all too brief life Jenelle and I are making a list of experiences she would have had if she wasn’t expected to leave us so soon.

Joey’s List: Little Italy

This week we met with the comfort team at Columbia Presbyterian that will make Joey’s birth as gentle and memorable for us all.

Here is a window our Joey could be looking out one day. Jenelle and our doctor were chatting about immigration tests. Joey’s doctor is from Italy, one of our very favorite places in the world.

Since we aren’t going to be able to bring Joey to Rome, we decided to do the next best thing. On our way we decided to shop a bit in Little Italy. (Admittedly, the gap between “best” and “next best” is quite wide.)


In the first of two stores we got some imported tortellini stuffed with porcini mushrooms

And dried Cannerone, a macaroni.

In the second store we picked up a package of fresh stuffed shells.
Note the string that was applied at the shop with a machine that is easily as old as me.

While we have other Italian adventures planned, they all pale to Rome. Two years ago I never even thought about visiting Italy and it saddens me our Joey will never visit the Eternal City, one of the places her parents love most.

  • Mari

    Hi from a friend at QAS! I will be in Italy next week, and I will pray for you, Janelle, and Joey there. All our lives on this earth are brief – your joyfulness is a light in mine!