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Attenti Parenti Serpenti

July 4, 2014

There is a saying here: “attenti parenti serpenti” which means beware of your slithery relatives. It’s a cute saying that has some merit, however I have found this addage not to be true in my own case.

My relatives here in Italy are genuinely interested in me, my wife and our life in the USA. While I have seen situations both here and in the USA where relatives are in fact more like vultures than snakes, I must say my family are all gems for the most part.

This old proverb comes from the fact that families here in Italy feel they have an absolute right to everything that belongs to their extended families. The mentality is “what is mine is mine and what is yours is also mine.” This is dominant thinking here. However, my personal experience has been the opposite. My 97 year old great-aunt wants nothing of me aside from my love and respect. She gets both in huge amounts. This is how it ought to be but is seen as thinking from “una volta” (the past). Maybe the old days were in fact better.

I have learned but one thing of family: Treat them well and they will do the same. Tell them you love them today; don’t wait for funerals. A little John Lennon goes a long way!

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