My boys – The Gallery #132

Marianne and her boysI have two boys, my first born, Thomas born in 1988 and his son, my grandson, Evan born last year on the same day as my late father 30th January and has recently celebrated his 1st birthday.

They both live in Folgaria in Italy with Oana, his lovely partner and Tommy works in the family hotel Alpen Eghel sometimes in the kitchen sometimes at the bar and out of season doing maintenance to keep the hotel in tip top order. I am VERY proud of him and a word to all mums out there who may worry about their kids

Tommy was never academic, he hated school from the word go, his first exercise books were bubbled with his tears where he refused to do his homework and I had to get him to do it. WAR! We struggled the WHOLE of his school years and even the teachers at his Scuola Alberghiera (Hotel school) were pleased to see the back of him and took a huge sigh of relief as he walked out of their door for the last time. *sigh* there was nothing I could do to make him see that school was fun and a place of learning.

The joker of the class, in fact he has some great long lasting friends, always ready to make everyone laugh and make a fool of himself for that very reason my boy has turned out to be an upright man, a hard worker who is not afraid to one day be painting the hotel balconies to the next working alongside one of the top chefs in Trentino on long 15 hour days in the Christmas season.

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He’s an avid reader, he’s well spoken and bilingual, he’s very intelligent and has a vast general knowledge that touches on hundreds of topics I never knew he was interested in. His passions are kite surfing, kite surfing oh and kite surfing and above all his family who he cherishes and works damn hard for.

You got it didn’t you? I love him and am very proud of him

Evan – my newest boy, a little sweetheart who is as good as gold, easy to please, always smiling and you can’t take your eyes off him BUT with a MASSIVE temper should you get something wrong! The one time I babysat for him when his mum and dad took a rare day off to go to London, I made the dreadful mistake of offering some yogurt to him which he clearly didn’t want at that moment and he screamed the house down. What a temper! I ended up putting him in the car to quieten him and it worked, a drive around the streets soothed his bad mood, my frazzled brain and we were friends again but boy can that little man throw one!

However all that said – look at those eyes. You’d forgive him anything wouldn’t you? Pop over to Sticky Fingers to see fellow bloggers celebrating their boys today

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  1. February 20, 2013 / 10:40 AM

    Your boy sounds like he’s got a brilliant and fiesty character and full of life. And your grandson is just adorable!!

  2. Vicki Lindridge
    February 20, 2013 / 10:41 AM

    what a relief reading this. Josh has learning difficulties and,I pay to get him tutored. this is just,to get him to be in the middle set at secondary. He doesn’t enjoy learning and I stress about it daily. This has made me,realise it is,how he is,as a person that will get him through life. Thanks Marianne and God bless your family x

  3. Jaime Oliver
    February 20, 2013 / 10:53 AM

    lovely picture my fav is the one of your son holding his son what looks to be soon after his birth.. love it!

  4. February 20, 2013 / 12:45 PM

    Sounds like your boy turned out just great and I can feel how proud you are of him. And your grandson is just adorable.

  5. K J S
    February 20, 2013 / 12:45 PM

    Lovely post, Mari. :) I especially like the photo of the three of you at the top. xx

  6. Jean
    February 20, 2013 / 2:05 PM

    Lovely description of Tommy, have I met him?



  7. stressymummy
    February 20, 2013 / 2:29 PM

    That is so lovely x

  8. Harriet (is there a plan b)
    February 20, 2013 / 2:34 PM

    What awesome pictures, and what lovely boys!

  9. February 20, 2013 / 8:57 PM

    I so enjoyed reading this post, Mari. You are so blessed to have a treasured son and grandson.

  10. Sharon Donnelly
    February 20, 2013 / 10:54 PM

    so cute! a couple of Italian feisty Stallions!

  11. hpmcq
    February 21, 2013 / 9:46 AM

    i can’t believe your a nanny! wow

  12. February 21, 2013 / 9:59 AM

    Great photos. I love how you have the three of you together. A moment to treasure :-)

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