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Each Thanksgiving we like to stop and smell the roses (or the
mangroves in our case) and give thanks to some of the things we
love about the island paradise we all call home.
1. Family First
When it comes to
raising a family, most
parents look for the 3
S’s: Serenity, Safety…
and Sun! Key Biscayne
offers all three and then
some. Since its inception,
the Key has been a place
where children can play
and prosper without all the stresses of big-city life…but with all
the comforts of a metropolis. Traditions are created here that pass
down from generation to generation, no matter where life leads.
2. Health Matters
Whether you prefer to go for a swim
in our pristine waters, take a jog along
Rickenbacker, ride your bike from one end
of the island to the other, or play Frisbee
with the kids at the Village Green, one
thing’s certain: You can’t help but lead a
healthy lifestyle when opportunities to
partake in the outdoors abound all year.
Waterfront Not many communities
have residents that can
brag about being mere
steps from the beach
regardless of where their
home is. When a family
decides to call Key
Biscayne home, it doesn’t
matter what end of the island their home rests on or whether or
not they have a waterfront view — what matters is that the ocean
is just moments away from anywhere on the island.
Q: I despise my mother-in-law. The woman is like
the mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, but 20 times more
cunning. She’s also Latina and has enough nips and tucks to
have her own series on FX. She’s planning to come to the Key
at the end of this month to visit with the grandkids and spend
Thanksgiving with the family. I know the real reason she’s
coming is to torment me. I’m dreading it. Any tips on how to
survive Thanksgiving 2008?
A: Focus on the positive aspects of every encounter with
your mother-in-law. Respect her thoughts and express your
own in a courteous, non-confrontational manner as two
adults carrying on a conversation. Let her make herself
comfortable during her short stay by allowing her to contribute
in whatever way she likes. She may want to cook a special
plate typical of her country or something your husband loved
when he was younger. The most important thing to remember
is that all mothers like to get involved in their adult children’s
lives. That’s okay as long as she knows the boundaries and it
doesn’t affect your nuclear family that consists of you, your
husband and the kids. As far as tormenting you, make sure
to discuss this with your husband in advance. Tell him what
bothers you so he can speak up when an incident occurs. It’s
important for your husband to honor and respect his mom
without allowing you to be treated badly in any way. Make
the best of this Thanksgiving holiday and focus on giving
thanks for the good things in your life — not the bad ones.
› a Licensed Beraja Marriage of Beraja and Family Therapist Center with is
more than a decade of experience working
with families. If you have a question you’d like
answered in a future edition of Key Biscayne
Magazine, email it to Editor@KeyBiscayneMag.
com or Lisette@Beraja.com. Due to high
volume, we will not be able to respond to all submissions. All
names will be withheld to ensure the privacy of our readers.
“Thanksgiving, after all,
is a word of action.”
— W.J. Cameron
18 key biscayne magazine
When planning a
make sure to send invitations
out at least four weeks ahead
so you know how many
people to expect.
Instead of just plain old
cranberry sauce this
the canned treat with an
elaborate dried cranberry
salad. When looked at from a
North American perspective,
Thanksgiving is unique. In
reality, it is considered one of
hundreds of harvest festivals
celebrated around the world.