By Mary N. DiZazzo

Beauty is Friendship, Friendship Beauty ... even on Facebook!

Ciao bella,

Steering away from cosmetics this time around as I sometimes do, let’s think about Friendships. After all, to have a Friend is a truly beautiful experience. The camaraderie, the opinions that we all have a right to express, common interests in sports, movies, recipes, and books. All these aspects have made Facebook fun, a place to go/a place to escape!

As I write today, we still haven’t chosen a President. When we do fi nd out, not even he or she can give us Friends. They will certainly have their hands full with all the usual promises. This election has become brutal and quite ugly. Especially on Facebook! I was so happy to be on this Social Media train. I found wonderful Friends from high school, I found my childhood Friends (“The Barbie Doll” gang!!), and also found new ones. I almost had to, with all the defriending, ignoring of posts that I always saw “likes” galore and now just a few, along with the “unfollows.” All due to this election, since I am a Deplorable with many liberal friends. At this point, I don’t even care who wins. I have also noticed Facebook Friends who were always on are not even there or are just pretending not to be there. They are most likely tired of seeing their candidate ripped to shreds! Peeps, keep it together! We will all wake up tomorrow thinking what was I thinking? I am not an innocent here as well. But hey, you started it ...there we go ...

I grew up in a Democratic home. My Mom was the Treasurer for many years for the Women Democrats of the Merrimack Valley, “Minga Valley,” in Methuen. Dahlia Balls, trips to Washington, DC! It was a glorious time for her meeting all the Kennedys. My beloved JFK especially. And now I live next door to where he used to live on Bowdoin on Beacon Hill.

When I first met my David, Mom said, “What a great guy! I hope it’s not too good to be true for you.” (How Italian is that?) I replied by saying, “Yes, there is one thing. He’s a Republican!” My Mom blew it off by saying “Never let Politics interfere with Friendships or a love interest; what is inside a person is his kindness, integrity, and intentions, these are what’s important.” My Mom was a very wise person. There was little she warned me about that hasn’t come true!

So my Friends, please remember my Mom’s wisdom and wise words.

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

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