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It's Your Turn, Chickadees
It's Your Turn Chickadees
Author: Rosalie Fuscaldo Gaziano
ISBN-13: 9780965375016
ISBN-10: 0965375013
Publication Date: 7/1997
Pages: 245
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Publisher: Parola Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Reviewed by Eileen Dempsey, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. Wanderlust first struck Rosalie Fuscaldo Gaziano at the tender age of 7, when she traveled Route 66 cross-country with her family. After that trip, Gaziano writes in It's Your Turn, Chickadees, she dreamed of seeing the world. But the dream didn't come easily. She met her true love, Dominic, while attending WVU. They married soon after her graduation, during his first year of medical school. Babies soon followed: five boys in eight years. In 1968, when Gaziano was 30, the wanderlust returned. "Wanderlust is a seductive passion," Gaziano writes in Chickadees, which is part travelogue, part memoir. "It calls in the night like a lover, hinting of places and people not yet seen. You wake in a hot sweat of desire, feeling that something within you is missing. It was that incompleteness that preceded seven journeys of my life." Gaziano longed to leave her comfortable, yet confining, West Virginia home to explore firsthand the world she knew only through books. The decision was made to uproot the family for one year while Dominic studied medicine in Liverpool, England. Living on a meager stipend meant for just one person, the family still found a way to travel across Europe. The lack of money didn't stop them from soaking up atmosphere, art, literature, and history. The book describes their adventures, and the lessons they learned, during that exciting year. "The experience of traveling with young children had a special gift of bonding our young family," Gaziano says. "It freed us to know that we were together in this balance of growth and work and family. We were sharing time as a family, and we were all benefiting. "Traveling across Europe was worth it," says Gaziano, who encourages family travel. "Just like childbirth, some of the pains are eventually forgotten." Sacrifice is a necessity, she says. For instance, a family might decide to take a short and relatively unremarkable trip to an amusement park, or forgo such trips for a few years to take a longer and more memorable trip abroad. Or a family might save money for traveling by driving an older car instead of a new one. "If you are willing to sacrifice a little bit, your dreams can come true," she says.