Rafael

A few weeks ago, a relative of mine from Brazil contacted and visited my parents. My mother called me during his visit and put him on the phone: Rafael Perrella, is the grandson of my dad’s cousin in Brazil. (Actually, his grandmother is my dad’s cousin, but his grandfather is a Perrella too. His grandfather is a little more distantly related).

Rafael

Rafael is an electrical engineer, and came to Canada for about 4 months to learn English. He spent his first few months in Vancouver, and came to Toronto for the last month or so. I’m so very glad he contacted my parents, although I wish he had done it sooner! He was scheduled to go back to Brazil in a couple of weeks.

Spending time with him was a pleasure. His English is amazingly good, considering he’s only been speaking for a few months. He understands a little Italian, but had to converse with my parents in English. It was a little odd, because it’s obvious he’s he’s latin, so using english, especially with my parents, felt strange.

Rafael with my parents

Rafael with my parents
Rafael with Aunt Mary

Rafael with Aunt Mary

All of us really enjoyed his sense of humour and for some reason, despite living so far away from us, he felt like family. He told us all about his family, and then explained that visiting my parents felt like home to him. They reminded him very much of his grandmother, who died more than 10 years ago. My parents actually went to Brazil in the 80’s, and he was very surprised to see their pictures of his family – some of which included him! He was young when they visited, and didn’t remember them at all.

I loved hearing all about Brazil. He finds Canadian drivers far too “polite” and I think it drives him a little crazy. I get the sense that drivers in Sao Paolo are much like the drivers in Rome. It would be too crazy for me, but I think Reid would feel right at home.

I just love the fact that I can connect with Perrellas in Australian, and now Brazil. Yay!

Under the grapes

Rafael, Eric, Michael, Tony, Ma and Papa – under the grape vines in Thorold
At Aunt Mary's

Tony, Nick, Eric, Aunt Mary, Rafael

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