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.



  • Gail Green

    Moms are like that and you had a real treasure with yours as I had with mine! Life is never quite the same w/o them by your side .. to love, encourage, be strong for you when you can’t be for yourself … I’m hoping you’ll continue doing what you love with her blessing! And if not, she would understand … life changes without the Captain at the helm … but they leave an indelible mark on your heart that enriches you and those around you … Forge on Co-Captain … she will always be there for you! XOXOXO Gail & Caroline

  • Linda Faerber

    Hi Denise. Your message was very touching, and I can only imagine how much you miss your mother and the great team you made. It is not the same for you. With the ship changing, I am wondering if you are deciding to not continue with your wonderful pizzelles. I do hope you continue. God Bless You.

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