|From an excellent blog post from Flown & Grown|
in which I discover that in this brave new world of helicopter parents
that this is not necessarily a wholly Italian phenomenon
Mammas & Papàs would often be waiting in my waiting room, or in the hallway just outside the door. I would have to commend the moral support vibe and sheer commitment, but it often left me bewildered more than bewitched by the candidate's drive. The article went one further, citing that some people in the hospitality industry, actually had the parent walk into the interview altogether.
Mamma out of the room, these same people then said that the next faux pas was to ask, almost immediately, how much the job paid. Again, in my tiny little office world, this happened time and again. You should see the look on their faces when I would respond, "Absolutely nothing. Or at least, that's what I'll be paying you if you don't first tell me why I should hire you in the first place, and what you're going to do for me."
If cellphones had been handy at the time, I could just see these kids texting away as if in the university exams room, desperate to emote the correct reply. Today, they probably ask for a 'Life Line' and make the call to the parent out in the car, anyway.
In the U.S., according to Flown & Grown, now we have Take your parent to work day! You can read about one mom's misgivings on the topic which I share wholeheartedly. Of course, it's easy for me to come down so hard - I don't have kids. But still...With Italians living longer than ever, and parents around til kids are in their 70s, I can't help but think why that youth unemployment is over 50%.
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Life in a tourist destination...