Fiorella was born in Ohio so she learned to skate on ice before she ever strapped on a roller skate. By the time she was four, she didn't need to use the rail and was even trying to wobble backwards.
And that's how old she was when one night the phone started ringing just after the family arrived home from the ice rink. It was Grampa. Fio's maternal grandmother had just died.
Fio's paternal grandmother had died a year earlier. It was a very hard time for her parents. Fiorella remembers loneliness.