Posts Tagged ‘family’
Recently my husband expressed some concern about how the children performed their tasks.
Why, my husband asked, couldn’t the children take pride in their work? Read more »
My great-grandfather, Matteo, and his wife, Rocchina, had four kids. Each of these kids had a passel and so on, until we are one big, happy familia. Sure, some of the kids married Romanians, but they serve lasagna with a ‘spicy sausage’ and plenty of wine with dinner. Read more »
Every family has its points of pride . . . some are the most active members at their churches. Some families are the wealthiest on the block, or in the town. Some families are politically or socially connected. My family is none of those things.
We can start with the fact that we are geeky . . . and proud of it. My little brother at age two would dunk his basketball and yell out any of a variety of great phrases “Rim shot!” “Nothin’ but net” “He shoots, he scores!” but he could also name every dinosaur ever known to man – including a full range of therapods. And you did not want to get into an argument with that kid. You would lose.
So I thought I would share some fun notes from my family.
When my kids were little and asked about something electrical, my Dad would always wind up asking them if something was an insulator or a conductor. My favorite moment came when my three year old son looked at Grampa with an ‘are you crazy?’ look on his face. But rather than telling Grampa that he was three and what did he know? he said “It’s a conductor, Grampa. Everyone knows that.” (They have since moved on to capacitance.)
The idea for my first book – Resonance – was sparked when my father handed me a photocopied journal paper on Polar Reversal Theories. At the dinner table.
The things I have learned from watching the Hallmark Channel.
And, yes, I am aware that pretty much everything in that sentence smacks of wrongness. You could repeat it with an emphasis on any of the major words and it would have appropriate meaning. Why was I watching the HALLMARK Channel? If my TV was there, why was I WATCHING it? Why ME? WHY?
Well, I can answer one question (but not the rest, sorry). I was watching because a friend of mine is an up-and-coming actress and had a role on one of the holiday movies. I’m very proud of her . . . for keeping a straight face. I want her to know what a good friend I am: I watched that whole movie, and I learned.
Here’s what I now know from her movie and a few of the Hallmark Channel commercials I was graced with while watching.
It’s the holidays again.
You may be one of those smug people who already has all your shopping done and everything is mailed. Or you may be rushing around taking care of all the last minute details. Or you may be like me and realize that you forgot to get anything for a very near and dear relative. Ooops!
Whichever you are, chances are you will get rewarded one of two ways: 1) you will go and stay at a relative’s home or 2) they will come to yours.
I’m sorry – who thought this was a good idea?
Think about it . . . how many of your friends’ homes do you spend the night at? How many times during the year do you go and take up their guest room for two to five nights? Probably none. And these are the people you choose to spend time with. Your friends are the people that you like.
Spending time at someone else’s home is stressful. You parents have rules that you think are silly. If you have grown kids visiting, then they probably don’t like your rules. And it isn’t a ‘well, I don’t like that’ kind of thing, it’s more like ‘I grew up that way and had a lot of time to think about it and I still think it’s stupid.’