Are You having Fun Yet?
Last Update: Dec 9, 2022
Hi, WA Friends
This blog is sort of Part 2 of the one I wrote last month:
Now that the weekend is upon us, do you have some amusing activities planned with your family and friends? Life is not all work, you know!
Maybe it's just me, but most likely, it's the influence of my wonderful family!
Let me explain if you're still with me.
I come from a blue-collar, extremely ethnic Italian upbringing. My dad was the only one who attended college on the GI bill after he got out of the Army. Most of my aunts and uncles didn't finish high school. Many started extremely successful businesses after returning from World War II.
They weren't overachievers, but they raised their families to succeed and enjoy life, "La Dolce Vita" (the sweet life), as they called it.
So, the drill was: Work Hard --> Fun --> MORE Fun --> Rinse And Repeat.
Growing up, my family belonged to five different country clubs. They golfed seasonally every weekend and played cards most nights at one of the clubs or at their special Italian hangout called "The Post." I joined one of those when I lived in Italy. It was called a "Dopo Lavoro" (translation: after work).
Any minor achievement was an excuse to have a big family party. For example, I remember getting an award in third grade for perfect attendance. It was a stupid little framed certificate with my name typed on it. The entire family (both sides, 16 aunts and uncles, grandparents, plus nieces and nephews) got together and had the party from hell, complete with an Italian band and their country club friends; at least 40 people!
They used that band so much that they eventually played for free at every family event and loved participating in the festivities!
Right now, my cousins, nieces, and nephews are all excited because they're gearing up for "La Vigilia Di Natalie," which you might know as the Christmas Eve "Feast Of The Seven Fishes." Except for us, it's more like The Feast Of The 70 fishes (ok, I'm exaggerating a little)!
I'm sure you get the idea at this point. Speaking of "point," I learned at a young age that no matter how much work is to be done, there's always time for fun! That methodology got me through college, medical school, and two master's degrees.
Schedule fun into each day, even if it's just for one hour. Life is short!
So, what fun do you have planned this weekend? We're seeing two big Christmas light shows with our usual Italian culinary overindulgence!
Keep On Rockin'! 🤘
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