“I’m not yelling, I’m just ITALIAN That’s how we talk” ~ Italians
The Louds’ had nothin’ on the Romano family in the decibel department. Remember the Loud family? They were the original reality stars as seen in the 1973 series “An American Family”. PBS chronicled their experiences, with over 300 hours of footage. Man, PBS should have known about us — we would’ve been much more entertaining!
No, my parents didn’t get divorced, nor did I have a gay brother like Lance Loud (remember, I was the only child for 14 years pre foster kids) but our family had the loud (slighty crazy) factor — Dad used to say, “we Romanos have some big lungs!”
Yeah, we made yelling an art form — maybe it’s an Italian thing, but we could yell and scream at each other one minute, and sit down and have a cup of espresso and a plate of anisette cookies the next. We got it out, then let it roll off — it was our talent, since hitting and homicide never reared their faccia brut under our roof, thank the Madonna!
(ITALIAN LESSON: FACCIA BRUT = UGLY FACE)
Talent or not, I needed some peace and quiet, so in my early twenties it was time to flee the Romano nest. So I headed off to my first apartment in West Orange with my friend Cheryl (stories to come). At times, I missed hearing mom or dad’s booming voice on a Sunday morning, but I did relish those extra zzzs. I could always head to Dover and join in a screaming match whenever I needed to clear my lungs.
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