BRISTOL â€“ Clara Dâ€™Amato celebrated her 99th birthday with a parade Thursday, sitting with family members as friends, family, police and firetrucks drove by her home.
Although Dâ€™Amato may have thought the parade was â€śridiculousâ€ť at first, her face bore a smile as cars started pulling up the road. Police and fire sirens blared, cars honked their horns and several friends and relatives waved and held up signs. A few of the people driving by tossed happy birthday cards to Dâ€™Amato and her family. When the parade concluded, the family all clapped for her.
â€śI wonder what youâ€™ll do when I turn 100,â€ť said Dâ€™Amato
Dâ€™Amato said that Bristol has been â€śwonderfulâ€ť to her since she moved here from Italy, when she was only three years old.
â€śItâ€™s a nice place to live; Iâ€™ve had no problems,â€ť she said. â€śI like to go to St. Anthony Church every morning. Then I love to get coffee with the girls and chat for hours and hours. I hope things will go back to normal so I can go back to church every morning with my special friends.â€ť
In addition to seeing this group of longtime friends, Dâ€™Amato said that she enjoys to crochet and make blankets.
â€śShe has a better social life then I do,â€ť joked Dâ€™Amatoâ€™s daughter-in-law Lisa Dâ€™Amato, who signed up to have the parade in her honor.
â€śSheâ€™s special; she deserves it,â€ť said Lisa Dâ€™Amato. â€śWe wanted to do something special since she canâ€™t visit with the kids this time around.â€ť
Mickey Dâ€™Amato, Clara Dâ€™Amatoâ€™s son and Lisa Dâ€™Amatoâ€™s husband joined her in celebration, holding a sign with a picture of the two of them together. Also present was Clara Dâ€™Amatoâ€™s daughter, a nurse at Bristol Hospital, and her grandson, Mike Dâ€™Amato.
With the parade over, Lisa Dâ€™Amato said that the family would be enjoying a lemon cake and pizza together.
â€śI like anything with lemon; I donâ€™t care for chocolate,â€ť said Clara Dâ€™Amato.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.