Parental guidance

by Meri on March 20, 2012

My parents are here! My parents are here! Just when I thought I couldn’t take the terrible twos one more day the calvary arrived! Each year my parents and their trusty dog Lindy (my lab Finn’s significant other) drive down and rent a house for a month. It is such a nice time for me as I can reconnect with them and the kids have someone new to play with leaving them in much better spirits all day. Not to mention the house they rent is across from a lake complete with a walking trail, park, pool and playground! Yippee! There’s something about new people and new places that neutralizes all the temper tantrums. I’m telling you, a few days ago we reached a peak of crying and whining…holy cow! As my family likes to point out it is my karma for being a whiny child.

Not living near my parents and siblings is tough for me. I grew up in a large, loud Italian family complete with grandmas, uncles, aunts, great aunts, great uncles, cousins, second cousins (you get the picture) who all lived in the same city. Most of my local friends also live near their families and I often feel a little envious. It’s important for good mental health to feel connected and I really miss that right now. I truly get the old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child” and I often wonder what does that mean for triplets? Do I need an entire state? Well, my tribe is here and I’m so grateful that my parents take this trip each year to see us.

The Mediterranean culture is big on family and I really felt that growing up. I used to sit in awe listening to all the adults try to talk over each other at the Christmas Eve table and how my great uncles and aunts would switch into Italian when they really got heated up. There was a time when I got older that I didn’t like all the craziness, but now I find myself wishing for just a little crazy. If you live near your family, even if they are a little nuts, consider it a good thing. Embrace them, sit back and enjoy the chaos!

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Johnny California March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I agree! I’m so lucky to be around my giant, crazy family! I too couldn’t get away from the craziness fast enough when I was younger, but as an adult, I now look back with a lot of fondness.

Looking forward to trying out my new Mediterranean Cookbook for dummies! Do notice how I left out the word diet:)

Cheers Meri!!!

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Meri March 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Ha ha Johnny! You got that right…no “diets” around here. Just enjoyable food in a balanced way. :-) Glad to know I’m not the only one with a big crazy family!

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Esther March 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I couldn’t agree more!! We so wish we had family to help raise the trips!! Grandparents bring something no one else can! It’s so wonderful when they come, and heartbreaking when they leave. I hope you have a great time with them!

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