The first time I saw my meals packaged and being sold was when I was still working at the grocery store. We were putting out products in the store and I couldn’t believe it when I saw our meals, Michael Angelo’s! It was unbelievable and so exciting at the same time. It is hard to put into words what is like when you see your son’s hard work and all the time you spend making the meals, now being sold to everyone in the store. I would never make a scene when I would be checking someone out that was buying our meals, but other checkers in the store would yell “Those are her meals!” and point to me if someone was buying one of them. It was such a feeling of almost disbelief.
It wasn’t long after that, that I quit my job at the grocery store and worked at Michael Angelo’s full time. In the beginning our team was very small and we had to make personal sacrifices for the business, but not once did I ever doubt anything or want to change the long days we had because I did it out of the love for my son. We all wore many hats and I loved my jobs in Quality Assurance and Research and Development. I would watch every product being made to make sure it was made up to our standards. Working double shifts at the factory was tiring, but not once did I not enjoy what I was doing because I was there supporting my son.
To this day my two of boys, Anthony and Michael, and I, get together to create new meals. I have had to let some jobs go to those I trust, but when it comes to my meals and recipes, I am just as involved as I was in the beginning. Authenticity and taste are still the most two important things to me.
Family is the most important thing to me so being able to come to work every day and see my kids is the best job in the world! We have been through a lot as a family with me being a single parent and working to provide a life for my boys, but with our bond and the change I made with the power of positive thinking it changed me to push for more for my family. It wasn’t easy and at times it took all I had to provide for my kids, but my love for my family is what made me grow stronger and be able to do more for them as well as myself.