Chapter 1: On Why She Stopped Speaking To Poison & Melissa
After last season (which was not fun) and the horrible reunion, we all took a big break from each other. We didn't see each other for over a year. Not seeing my brother and his family was heartbreaking, but after what Joey and Melissa said at the reunion — that they were moving and didn't want to have anything to do with me or my kids — what could I do?
I had to respect their wishes and give them space. It broke my heart, but it was what they wanted. I just concentrated on my own family, on my girls, and prayed that they would find their way back to our family.
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Chapter 2: On How Out Of Control The Hatred Got!
This is totally shocking to me; all these people need help:
Hurricane Sandy hitting New Jersey was the first thing that started to bring us all closer together. When the hurricane hit, it was bad. Scary bad. When you know your friends and family are hurting, when you live through this giant natural disaster, little things like who said what don't matter any more.
We were one of the only houses that still had electricity, and we hosted everyone we knew who didn't — my parents and lots of our friends. While my brother wasn't talking to me, I did check up on him through my parents. He told them he had electricity and everyone was fine; he even invited my mother to come over to his house and stay.
It was only later when people told me on Twitter that he didn't have power and that there were pictures of Antonia and her brothers bundled up cold on the couch. It killed me. I would have loved to shelter them at our house.
Chapter 3: Beading For Dummies
I was so happy to get Milania and Antonia back together for the first time in over a year! I love that little girl! (I love my nephews too of course!) They do live so close, they love each other, and it was sad Melissa didn't want her kids to see mine.
My kids have other cousins on Joe's side –Joe's sister has 4 girls and his brother has 3 girls–all the same age! That's 11 little girls we have running around — we need Gino and Joey around to balance things out! Joe's family also lives close, so my girls still had lots of fun family events all year.
Melissa's kids don't since her sisters are so much older, their kids are all grown up. I always felt so bad that her kids were missing out on their only cousins their age. But happily, they are back together! Antonia and Milania are in the same cheerleading class now, so they are thick as thieves again! I hope they are never, ever separated ever again.
Chapter 4: Putting Family Feud In Perspective
You can see how I raise my kids to respect and love their family no matter what. Uhhh… really? "Horsey Face" ring a bell?
Even after all the hurt, I still had Melissa listed as 'Zia Melissa' in my phone. Adults might not always get along, but the kids shouldn't suffer because of it. I hated the time I didn't see Kathy and Rosie growing up, and I would never want that for my kids.
The only thing that hurt me was when Melissa said staying away from your siblings is how Joey and I grew up because of Kathy's mom and mine and Joey's dad. The issue wasn't between my dad and his sister. It was between IN-LAWS: Kathy's dad and my dad. And it was over business dealings.
Family is everything to us, and that's how we were raised. Melissa wasn't around back then, so she really has no idea. I would never make a comment about how her dad raised her because I have no idea. It's not my business, it's disrespectful, and I wasn't there. Her comment was months ago, and we're in a good place now, I just wanted to clear that up on behalf of my family.
You know how protective I am of my parents! I adore them and owe them everything. They raised Joey and me in a house of love.
Chapter Who Cares: More Communion-Gate Nonsense!
And yes, I did move Gabriella's First Communion party so my parents could go to both hers and Antonia's. I couldn't move the day because we don't go to different churches, we live in the same town, and that was the only day they had First Communion services. The girls had different times though and had separate parties.
The most important thing to me was making sure my parents could be at both. I didn't grow up with grandparents and I missed it, so I always make sure my parents are there for my kids and Joey's too. A few people did ask me why we didn't have a joint party for the girls. Because we didn't think it was fair to each girl. They each deserved to be a princess for the day. We have different extended families to make them each feel special, and my parents were there for both of them. Everyone was happy!
Teresa's blog seems to indicate that she is letting a lot of stuff go – at least on paper. Great job writing this Gia. At least Teresa is putting forth the illusion of forgiveness.
HOWEVER I do think she should have addressed Joe's rude comments and at least redirected them by saying something like, we have since moved on and they were completely inappropriate. She let's that man get away with far too much!
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TELL US – IS TERESA TRYING TO MOVE ON?