"Giuseppe, let's play some hockey." Enjoying his Italian class, my 14 year old son affectionately will call my son (Joseph) by Giuseppe. When I hear "Giuseppe," I know that they will have a mostly battle-free time together.
I wish that there were more of those Giuseppe bonding moments lately. These two fighting sons of mine have their moments of disagreement and intensity. I think they are too alike and will butt heads as they grow up together here as kids. When they get along, they have a great time. When they battle, watch out because it could turn into Wrestlemania in my living room. My 14 year old does restrain himself when my little linebacker goes for a full force attack. However, my 14 year old will say some not so nice things when he gets annoyed with Joseph's physical way of expressing his frustration.
So you can see why it is music to my ears when I hear "Giuseppe" around my house. That means that the two battling titans have decided to call a truce and just be friends and brothers again.
I'm hoping that my little fireball (Joseph) will outgrow his fiery temper. He is trying to find calmer ways to express his anger or frustration, but there are days when he gets very worked up. He's my Giuseppe, a lovable guy who has his volcanic moments. Maybe there is a lot of creativity there. Hmmm, I may have a writer or an artist in the bunch after all.
P.S. I bet that I'm the only one out of all the A to Z challenge participants that picked G for Giuseppe. I feel very intercontinental. It would be nice to be in Tuscany now. Then I would look very authentic yelling out my villa's window, "Giuseppe, come in! It's meatball time." (Guess I would have to learn more Italian. I could do it in French though.)
Also, Jillian is feeling better today. She's working on getting her strength back. Looks like we're going on a Barbie expedition today in her room. One of those sneaky dolls are missing! I think that we need to put on our sleuthing caps to solve this mystery. Thanks to everyone for your good wishes for Jillian. I told her that you all said hello. She said, "But Mommy, how do they know me?" I said, "Mommy tells them about you all the time."