For the last 30 years, one of my best friends has been a nice Italian girl named Cara. Through her family, I got to experience different food, family culture, and history without even thinking about it.
One of the best things about kids is how open-minded they can be. They’re often more willing to embrace new things and share their own family cultures. Laying a foundation of curiosity about other people early in life – and through friendships – helps children appreciate how our differences are nothing to fear.
Even as an adult, I’m still learning – and loving it. Recently, Cara’s family hosted their 2nd Annual Italian Dinner – an extravaganza of food, music, wine, and laughter that brought together family and friends from near and far. We enjoyed dishes from their family’s native Calabria in Italy, told stories, and even danced the tarantella. In fact, there was a fair number of medagon (non-Italians; it’s kind of like being a Muggle) enjoying the feast. I’m already looking forward to next year.