Then there's the multigenerational effort. What's remarkable about the renovations the LaRock-Bruno clan did on their place is that they did it to bring four generations—Fred Senior and Grace LaRock; Fred Junior and his wife, Connie; their daughter, Jessica Bruno, her husband, Tony, and their 5-year-old son, Little Tony—under the same roof. Don't know about you, but if four generations of my family tried to live together, we'd all end up under another roof entirely—the one that covers the state penitentiary. Except for my grandmother, who pretty much keeps to herself. With age comes wisdom, I guess.

Speaking of wisdom, there's plenty on display in You Made My Dreams Come True. In it, Katie Mittleider gives voice to the thing that binds us—to our families, to the larger TOH family—this way: "Some people hunt and fish...others go to movies and plays....We remodel our house. That is who we are, who we have grown to become."

I think that description applies to so many of us, and that is most definitely not a bad thing. In fact, I'm proud of it, and I know you are too. The only question might be when do we become such people. In some cases it's quite young. Gina VanderReyden, a single mom, moved from a condo to a house with a yard for her 10-year-old son, Jake. The place needed plenty of work, which Gina took on, with the help of Jake. The boy became her "right-hand helper with gardening, tiling, and painting," she says. "It's awesome."

I pulled into my mom's driveway and looked in the rearview mirror and saw my boy in his seat, Sophie still in his mouth, eyes closed, fast asleep. He's just 1 year old, not quite able to stand on his own, yet, and 10 seems a long way off. I can't wait. But I will. And when the day arrives and he picks up a shovel or a trowel to become my own right-hand helper, well, that'll be awesome indeed.
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