Today, communication with the world is at our finger tips. Our children can’t help but to become a product of society and family traditions are hidden somewhere in the attic. Our role as a parent has been taken over by cell phones, My Space and Facebook. As parents, how can we be included in this Network? If you can’t beat the system, join the system. Guess what? My 23-year-old daughter is my friend on Facebook.
When I was a young child, there was no television or internet. Boring? No! All my brothers and sisters played in the great outdoors. I loved climbing trees and peddled my bike everywhere! There was music and the world of my imagination. Our entertainment was found within the family as we sang together, played together and worked together. I learned family values from my parents, who were always available for their nine children and taught us to be supportive of each other. Praying together as a family gave us spiritual strength. Our faith was the bond that unified my brothers and sisters with a sense of security that carried us through the journey of our lives. Our parents taught us about healthy eating and the benefits of exercise and that is something that we’ve extended to our families. Presently, I find satisfaction taking care of people by giving them the tools for better health and fitness as a Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente. Helping others to live well is a great way to make a living.
Above is a picture of my family, taken during the mid 70’s. A few years earlier, my sister Linda and I left home to perform as a regular on the Dean Martin Comedy Hour, with the female singing and dancing group, The Golddiggers. Many of these ladies are our dear friends today. As entertainers, we traveled internationally for several decades and our family’s values kept us down to earth.
I found that keeping a family unified takes practice and more practice, by reaching out and lending an ear or a hand. Sometimes we have to be a mind reader but it’s worth the effort. Sharing home cooked meals, or meeting at a restaurant, watching a favorite TV show together or sharing laughter and tears creates a strong emotional bond.
Watching the Winter Olympics, these past weeks, and seeing how countries compete and cheer each other on has been inspiring. The Olympic spirit has endured and spread from continent to continent, with each generation carrying the torch to light up the darkness. So, it is with families. Getting together and celebrating events, like birthdays, is so important.
The candles were just lit for my sister’s Alane, 50th birthday. Hooray! She has the special knack for cooking up delicious and healthy meals for our entire family, which we eat with gusto! Some of us even break out into song, “Alane is great; she makes good cake …” Keeping our family legacy alive by sharing together is important to all of us. We are far from the perfect family but we’ll go the extra mile for each other. That’s love.
Wishing you love and support,
Maria Lauren (AKA) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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Maria Lauren and her sister, Linda Eichberg (Alberici Sisters) were members of The Dean Martin Golddiggers and have co-authored the book, ‘Beyond Our Wildest Dreams’ about their journey with celebrities like the Rat Pack: www.BeyondOurWildestDreams.com
Maria Lauren and the Alberici Sisters currently make personal appearances as entertainers and fitness/lifestyle coaches.