Saturday, December 26, 2009

40 things in the life of an Italian child

01. You have at least one relative who wore a black dress every day for an entire year after a funeral.

02. You spent your entire childhood thinking what you ate for lunch was pronounced "sangwich."

03. Your family dog understood Italian.

04. Every Sunday afternoon of your childhood was spent visiting your grandparents and extended family.

05. You've experienced the phenomena! of 150 people fitting into 50 square feet of yard during a family cookout.

06. You were surprised to discover the FDA recommends you eat three meals a day, not seven.

07. You thought killing the pig each year and having salami, capacollo, pancetta and prosciutto hanging out to dry from your shed ceiling was absolutely normal.

08. You ate pasta for dinner at least three times a week, and every Sunday.

09. You grew up thinking no fruit or vegetable had a fixed price and that the price of everything was negotiable through haggling.

10. You were as tall as your grandmother by the age of seven.

11. You thought everyone's last name ended in a vowel.

12. You thought nylons were supposed to be worn rolled to the ankles.

13. Your mom's main hobby is cleaning.

14. You were surprised to find out that wine was actually sold in stores.

15. You thought that everyone made their own tomato sauce

16. You never ate meat on Christmas Eve or any Friday for that matter.

17. You ate your salad after the main course.

18. You thought Catholic was the only religion in the world.

19. You! r were beaten at least once with a wooden spoon or broom.

20. You thought every meal had to be eaten with a hunk of bread in your left hand.

21. You can understand Italian but you can't speak it.

22. You have at least one relative who came over on the boat.

23. All of your uncles fought in a World War.

24. You have at least six male relatives or friends named Tony, Frank, Joey or Louie.

25. You have relatives who aren't really your relatives.

26. You have relatives you don't speak to.

27. You drank wine before you were a teenager.

28. You relate on some level, admit it, to the Godfather and the Sopranos.

29. You grew up in a house with a yard that didn't have one patch of dirt that didn't have a flower or
a vegetable growing out of it.

30. Your grandparent's furniture was as comfortable as sitting on plastic.

Wait!!!! You WERE sitting on plastic.

31. You thought that talking loud was normal.

32. You thought sugared almonds and the Tarantella were common at all weddings.

33. You thought everyone got pinched on the cheeks and money stuffed in their pockets by their relatives.

34. Your mother is overly protective of the males in the family no matter what their age.

35. There was a crucifix in every room of the house.

36. You couldn't date a boy without getting approval from your father. (oh, and he had to be Italian)

37. You called pasta "macaroni".

38. You dreaded taking out your lunch at school

39. Going out for a cup of coffee usually meant going out for a cup of coffee over Zia's house.

40. Every condition, ailment, misfortune, memory loss and accident was attributed to the fact that you didn't eat something.

Those of youz who get this...KNOW who to pass it on to!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Being a leader

I have also been reading a book that I got at the WILDS called "Biblical Leadership" by Ken Collier and MAtt Williams. It has really taught me that being a leader isn't about giving orders and telling people what to do. IT is about being the best servant for God that you can be. "God wants Christian school leaders in Junior and senior classes who - b/c they have a grasp of what God desires for their school - shatter the mold of what teenagers normally are. The primary quality of a godly leader is that he follows someone who is stronger then he is, more discerning than he is, and more in control of circumtances than he is. Jesus Christ is the leader who served! He is the servant who leads! After all, when Christ came to earth, his leadership appeared so different, so unlike others,that is was startling and puzzling to everyone, inlcuding the men who lived a walked with Him each day. Being a different kind of leader means following the model of leadership laid out by the greatest leader who ever lived. We should accept no other alternative types of leadership. If we desire to be like Christ, we must learn to lead by serving!

In short, if you are going to be a leader like our Leader, the Lord Jesus Christ, you are choosing, not to selfishly dominate, but to sacrificially serve those whom you lead." (excerpts from Biblical Leadership)

Mark 10:44 "And whosoever of yo uwill be the chiefest , shall be servant of all"

Mark 10:45 "For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Mark 9:35 "If any man desire to be first, the same sahll be last of all, and servant of all."

everybody does it so why can't I

Hey everybody. . . . I have noticed the trend with starting a blog so I decided. . . . why shouldn't I try my luck at it (it's ok everybody, I really don't believe in luck). I can't think of anything right now but when I do I will put something up that is worth reading. . . later everybody