Leo Buscaglia Essay

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Leo Buscaglia's book, Living, Loving, & Learning, has many major themes which you can relate to your life in the past, present and future. I was able to reflect back on some of the experiences I have had in my life, so far, with some of Buscaglia's. These experiences have had major impacts on my life growing up, being the person I am today, as well as looking into the future to distinguish what I would like to become. Leo's book makes you recognize things you don't like about yourself, how you can improve your life, and the way you live. The first discussion that caught my eye was how Leo was always bringing up his family. Leo grew up in a real "Italian" family that lived in the ghetto, but was quite beautiful in his eyes. In his undersized town, everyone knew everyone else. Leo states, "Everyone cared about everybody. The closeness." Pg.23. This statement caught my attention because in so little words he states so much. Leo's family was enormous, but carried along the Italian traditions of always being so close, showing the love they have towards each other at all times, and wine being the main thing. Always having wine at all times and being stoned was part of Leo's family. During his family gatherings he talks about how it takes 45 minutes to say hello to everyone and 45 minutes to say goodbye to everyone because of all the hugging, kissing, and closeness that they share while seeing each other during the holidays. When they had dinner, there was always too much food on the table. Piles and piles of green beans always on the table and just so much food to even think it could be finished. Towards the end of the book, Leo talks about how his parents at one point had nothing. They didn't know where the food was coming from, and didn't have anything to give them at one point. The one thing that Leo's parents did educate him on was responsibility, how to love, share, and learn to give. His parents worked night and day just to give them what they needed and to take care of them. This is where it reflects on my family. My mom's side is the Italian side and my dad's is the Irish side. My mom's side is like Leo's. Everyone is very much into each other, there's always hugging and kissing going on, and always way too much food on the table. Of course we always finish it because who wants to waste food. Our holiday gatherings are so entertaining. The one remark everyone says about my mom is that she's very loud. When she speaks everyone hears her if we are not around the rest of her family. That whole side is so loud, and likes to party. Everyone always says about me, "That's the Italian side coming out of her. Listen to her big mouth. She's just like her mother." That's the big side, and my family just keeps on increasing. The one thing I admire about my mom's side is that just like Buscaglia's there is just so much love and closeness all the time. It shows what a "real" family is like. On the other hand, my dad's side is...

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