NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XI, No. 3, Autumn 1955
ITALIAN TALES IN NEW YORK
I HAD trouble with my eyes, so I went to the Doctor. The
Doctor had a nurse who has dark brown eyes and a complexion
“of summer giggling through the rounded trees.” So
we began talking and the talking resulted, as it always does, in
Helen Rossi’s father, Joseph Rossi, who is now 74 years old,
came from the old country,—from Salerno in Italy. There his
parents told him stories which he now tells to his children to
bring a little simple pleasure into their lives in this madhouse
of progress. He hopes they will tell them to their children some
day, and Miss Rossi promises to do so when she has them. These
are some of the stories “Pop” told her.
The Hand of the Lord
When we went into the woods, we would look tor pine cones.
When we found them, we would break the kernels of the cones
to find the figure of a hand there. When we saw the hand, we
knew it was the hand of the Lord. And it was the hand of the
Lord! And I will tell you why it is there.
When the Lord Christ walked on the earth, one day He had
to flee from enemies into the forest. He ran and He ran, but soon
the soldiers were almost upon Him. So what do you think He did?
He made Himself so small He could creep into a kernel of a pine
cone and hide Himself in it.
So He hid Himself in the kernel of the pine cone, and the
soldiers looked for Him all over and could not find Him. In
the end they gave up and went back to the city....
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