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Attenti Parenti Serpenti

April 22, 2020

Parenti Serpent? NO!


There is a saying here in the Val di Non: “attenti parenti serpenti” which means beware of your slithery relatives. It’s a cute saying that has some merit, however I have found this adage 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 often 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…

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