Friday night is pizza night in our family. We make our own pizza using the Da Piero’s pizza bases (for the non gluten free in the family). This always makes me smile because, growing up in Australia, I have never seen anything with my brother’s name on it and I didn’t expect the first place I did see it, to be in an Irish supermarket!

Even though my Australian family have never been here for our family pizza night, the Da Piero pizza base has always, in a small way, made me feel connected to them and feel like I am sharing a pizza with them.

Next Friday, for the first time since I have been living in Ireland, my parents will actually be here for a Da Piero’s pizza with us.

By Friday 27th May, 2022 it will have been five years, one month and one day (1857 days), since I last ate with my folks, shared a drink with them and hugged them.

If anyone told me on Wednesday 26th April 2017, as we had our tear filled airport goodbye at Melbourne Airport (they never get any easier but I will always b thankful for those goodbyes because it means that there was a glorious hello and so many wonderful things in between), that it would be five years, one month and one day, before we would see each other again, I don’t know how any of us would have coped with that goodbye. But, of course, coped we did.

Obviously it wasn’t meant to be five years, one month and one day until our next “Hello”. We had planned to go back to Australia in 2020 to celebrate my dad’s 70th but the pandemic hit and the whole world went into survival mode.

Survival mode also brought with it hope – hope that, sooner rather than later, we would all be in the same room again. That hope, along with technology, got my whole family through those (almost) five years, one month and one day.

Now as the glorious “Hello” nears, I realise it’s been a strange lead up to it. Of course there has been excitement, massive countdowns and the nerves that comes with parents who have only done long haul journeys twice in their entire lives (one of those being their (separate) migrations to Australia). However, I have also started feeling like the protective walls that I have had up, to ensure that I am not always feeling homesick or needing my parents, have started crumbling down.

Of course, I recognise that there are people who are in far worse situations than myself. I am one of the lucky ones who chose to leave my country of origin to start a new life, I was not forced to flee.

That said, this past week I have been very emotional and so homesick. Tonight, as I got ready for pizza night, I realised that I am finally allowing myself to miss the privilege of having my parents with me as I navigate my way through life and fumble my way through parenthood.

I miss the privilege of having them drop around, whenever they want; the privilege of having them hang out with my kids; the privilege of having them mind the kids when something comes up at the last minute; the privilege of them minding the kids because my husband and I want to hang out; the privilege of them doing school drop offs and pick ups; the privilege of seeing them being hands on grandparents to my kids; the privilege of having my mum cook her amazing meals; the privilege of having them mind me; the privilege of learning from them; the privilege of making memories with them; the privilege of helping them; and the privilege list goes on and on.

In less than one week, and after five years, one month and one day, I get to experience those privileges again and have the best Hello ever. I can not wait.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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