"Ready as a stone in slingshot" so Danilo Dolci described Irene, first mother of Nomadelfia, who left for eternal life three years ago. It was the day of Pentecost: as if to deliver Nomadelfia into the hands of the Holy Spirit.

We want to remember you with the story of her motherhood, written by Dino Buzzati in the Corriere della Sera on 12 May 1949.

"A young woman hired them as children, as true children she loves them, and it doesn't matter if one comes from Rome another from Caltanissetta and so on. With equal strength, all twenty-four are attached to her. And between them they love each other exactly as brothers, even more because the brothers, when there are so many of them, will soon be fighting. A college? A family like ours, even closer.

And all around ... Other families like this, full of children with mothers who didn't give birth to them. But if each had taken them, all 15, or 20, or 24, within themselves for nine months and after they had given birth to them by screaming, if each of the 15 or 20 had been born of a wonderful love, if indeed that torma of children were flesh of his flesh, more than that he could not love them. "


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