Can Openers: My extended family

 Throwback to The Big Comfy Couch! We would NOT have been able to take this picture if anyone had cheese on their hands. Even though I was one of the youngest, my cousins, and their parents, always looked out for me...

Throwback to The Big Comfy Couch! We would NOT have been able to take this picture if anyone had cheese on their hands. Even though I was one of the youngest, my cousins, and their parents, always looked out for me...

I’m certain it wasn’t always easy, but I promise you it was always appreciated.

  • … 20 years of birthday parties… Not just my birthday parties. Their parties, too. We’re talking like 15 birthday parties a year when we were younger.
  • … 20 Easter dinners…
  • … 20 Christmas dinners…
  • …20 Thanksgivings dinners…
  • …20 Fourth of July picnics and Memorial Day picnics and Labor Day picnics and Just Because picnics...
  • …20 New Year’s eves…
  • …20 New Year’s mornings…
  • …20 years of vacations…
  • …20 years of get-togethers and sleep-overs and day trips and overnights and…
  • …20 years of graduations and special events and…

When you come from a big Greek & Italian family, food plays an integral role in everything. The accommodations my extended family have made for me over my life are truly extraordinary. Many of our larger family events were made entirely milk and tree nut free so I could enjoy myself like every one else. To this day, my family accommodates my allergy in amazing ways. I’m certain it wasn’t always easy, but I promise you it was always appreciated.

Thank you for understanding the severity of my allergies, for demonstrating what family truly means, and for helping me to Live in The Land of CAN! You all are my Can Openers.

How does your extended family help you live in Can? Contact me. I'd love to hear about it. 

 ... And that's true for both sides of the family, even here when I'm the oldest! 

... And that's true for both sides of the family, even here when I'm the oldest!