I am an only child.  For as long as I can remember I have been  fascinated by sibling relationships.  My Mom will tell you that since I was 9 years old, I would tell her that I was going to have 4 children so that they would have someone to play with.

What is most amazing to me is how different all four of my children are.  How is it possible that four children raised by the same parents, with the same values can be such extremes in personalities?

This week is Homecoming week for Ronnie a Junior in High School.  The difference between Ronnie and his older sister in their take on Homecoming week says it all.

Last year at this time, I was running around dress shopping, buying t-shirts to tie-dye, scouring thrift stores looking for furniture  to decorate the halls.  It was truly a major event in my daughter’s life.

Homecoming Week for Ronnie:

  • Day 1 Inanimate Object: Ronnie comes out of his room dressed in basketball shorts and a t-shirt… “What object are you supposed to be?” Ronnie, “I have my Snuggie in my backpack… I’m a Snuggie.”
  • Day 2 Career Day: Ronnie comes out of his room dressed in basketball shorts and a t-shirt….” What is your career?” Ronnie, “I’m a stay at home Dad.”
  • Day 3 History Day: Ronnie comes out of his room dressed in basketball shorts and a University of Florida t-shirt …”What historical character are you?” Ronnie, “I’m an ancient UF student.  They’ve been around for a long time.”
  • Day 4 Spirit Day: Ronnie comes out of his room dressed in basketball shorts and a t-shirt with his school name… “You’re really feeling the school spirit today.” Ronnie, “Maybe, I’ll wear my Football Jersey instead.”

Ronnie truly has the ability to make something out of nothing.  This is a child that never complains, rarely asks for anything…. easy cheesy!

As his Mom, what I love most about Ronnie is his laid back and easy personality!  Wherever we go Everyone Loves Ronnie!  He truly is the best!

As his Mom, what drives me crazy about Ronnie, his laid back and easy personality! We still don’t know what he is wearing to the dance on Saturday….. if I’m lucky, he may let me know by 4:00 the day of!

I used to think that the difference was a boy/girl thing but I have complete opposite personalities again with my 3rd and 4th children.  They are both boys and one is a take charge kind of guy and the other is as laid back as can be… Here we go again!

Although we have such different personalities in our home, the values and traditions bring us all together.

That love is apparent when we gather Around the Family Table and joke about how Alexandra can get a bee in her bonnet like nobody’s business and nothing can phase Ronnie.

It keeps us laughing and we realize the main thing is…Never lose your sense of humor as a parent!

Ronnie’s favorite kind of meal is anything over pasta.  Here is one of his favorites:

Pork in a Lemon Wine Sauce over Pasta

8 thin slices of pork tenderloin*

1/2 cup all purpose flour w/ salt & pepper to paste

2 eggs well beaten

1/2 cup olive oil

2 TBS minced garlic

1 cup of white wine

2 cups of chicken broth

1 large lemon

2 springs of parsley

1 lb angel hair pasta cooked

parmesan cheese to taste

Dip the Pork in the well beaten egg and coat with the flour, salt and pepper mixture.

Saute in the well heated frying pan.  I like to use a large electric frying pan because I can cook all the pork at once.

Remove pork from frying pan when crispy on both sides. 

Drain the majority of the Olive Oil.

Saute the garlic until soft and add the lemon, wine and chicken broth.  Sprinkle with the parsley and reduce in 1/2.

Add the cooked Angel Hair Pasta to the sauce.

Plate the Pork over the Angel Hair Pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.

Serve with Caesar Salad

Kid Ratings: Ronnie 10, Reis 9.5, Riley 9

*I like to use thin cuts of meats because they truly are a time saver

This is one of those recipes that will be reinvented into a masterpiece!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandra McKenna September 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Love this recipe AND the story behind it! You are a gifted cook AND writer!

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Michelle September 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

Sounds yummy! And isn’t it absolutely amazing how each child can be soooo different. Really goes to show you that there really is no-one out there just like you!

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