Going Down with the Ship

During the years of our growth from manageable online orders to volumes of online orders, store orders, corporate orders and partnership orders, mom and I spent a lot of time together in our bakery.  Late nights turned into early mornings...sometimes 3 a.m.  And just like those days of long ago, at home, whenever I came in "late" from a night out, mom would ask me if I wanted ravioli (lol) in the twilight hours. I too asked mom if she wanted ravioli at 3 a.m. There was always a resounding "yes."

Her unwavering determination to stay with me until we finished will always be etched in my mind.  At various intervals I would ask her, "Are you OK?" She would respond, "I'm going down with the ship."

If a ship is sinking, maritime tradition dictates that the captain ensures the safe evacuation of every passenger before he evacuates himself. The captain is responsible for the lives of those on board, and he can’t coordinate their exit unless he’s the last person off. 

Mom was my captain. 

Our ship has changed.

And ravioli will never be the same. 

Ciao Bella.



  • Ken Devlin

    Someone, wiser than me, once said – we are always too young to lose our Mom. God bless her and your familia. Ken

  • Toni Mount

    Well said Dede….she was always there and gave us unconditional love. Miss her so much!

  • Suzanne Slusher

    I love your pizzelle. And the personal touches and your always answer right back and make sure everything is perfect. It’s not the same as with mom but through her your memories carting on. She must be proud of you. I hope you keep things going. God bless

  • Eugene Wright

    You were fortunate to have your mom integrated into your life, personal and business, with you for as long as you did. Mom’s stories, mannerisms, behavior and her contributions of labor, caretaking and love, will be etched onto the doorway of your memory banks forever. No doubt you will remember more joy than sadness throughout the upcoming years. Moms may go away but they never stay. My mom is installed on the dashboard of my life…twenty four seven. Be steadfast!

  • Christine K Roberts

    The ship has not gone down yet. It has only shifted direction. You are the new captain. Sail on. ⛵️💞💞💞⛵️

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