Babies and a Mother’s Love — Goldie D’Annunzio’s Open Letter to Her Daughter on her 18th Birthday Goes to the Heart of the Matter

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A mother’s love — Goldie and daughter Sofia

Love is what love does, it really is.

December 24, Christmas Eve, was always my absolute favorite day of the year, when after going to service, our mother Nancy Collie would hold court at the family home, usually surrounded by snow down by the Bay. The special foods and drinks, the intoxicating smells, the chirping sounds of happy children, her fruitcake par excellence soaked for a year in sherry/brandy, the music, the smiles, and most of all, her love of her children, grandchildren, family and extended family.

Just before she passed away, way too early, she told me, “Ashley, my son I’d do it all over again.” All over, meant bearing six children, who brought her dozens of grandkids and great grandkids. Love begets love. And, mothers, right?!

So, after she passed, Christmas Eve was never quite the same. Until a couple of years ago, thousands of miles away from my family home, I was invited to a the Cris and Goldie D’Annunzio home, right here in Los Angeles, a very east coast-looking home, with very east coast traditions and ambiance.

It took me right back to my own mother’s special night. The first time I went over, the D’Annunzio house, so warm and welcoming with all those familiar sounds, smells and tastes, was a house of mothers. Goldie’s mother, Cris’ mother and Goldie herself at the center of the swirl of smiles, laughs and love. Goldie, who apart from being an incredibly active mother of four, including three teenaged young ladies, is a health/beauty consultant, while her husband Cris is actor/producer and former pro football player.

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The D’Annunzio family Cris, Lulu, Sofia, Goldie, Frankie and Lil’ Vinny

Just recently, their eldest daughter, Sophia, turned 18, and Goldie penned an amazingly heartfelt ode to a mother’s love of her child. I thought it was worth reproducing for its honesty. As the Hugh Grant-starring movie said, “Love is actually all around…”

Goldie wrote:

One more thing, as The Beatles sang, “And in the end/The love you take/Is equal to the love you make…”

They got that right!

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