I am a hopeless optimist who still believes in the power of the written word to lift people’s hearts and minds.  I naively believe that love conquers all, that one day I’ll meet a man who gets me, that my writing will mean something to someone out there, and that my life will be really really good.   The thing is, I got fired from my bullshit waitressing job in NYC due to a broken elbow, had to find a cheaper apartment I could afford, but no one would take me because of my Pit Bull and was forced as a last resort to move in with my nut-job parents in suburban Long Island.

At forty years old, single, and not an ounce of my career in place, I’ve returned to the prison I’d lived my entire young life to be free of: the home of my crazy parents.  I have only one outlet for sanity – this blog.  Please enjoy.

Oh, and P.S. my sidekick is a 70 pound Pit Bull mix who looks so much like an Italian gangster, I named him Vito.  I rescued him from doggie death row at a shelter in Harlem one Christmas Eve.  He still rocks gold chains.  His gas is so bad, he could wipe out an entire village.  He likes to snuggle so much he practically pushes me off the bed every night, which is why I can never sleep.   He’s my best friend. 

(This is Vito and I in our glamour days before lockdown)


You can also catch bite-sized morsels of this fun insanity on Twitter @MPACTY.  http://twitter.com/#!/MPACTY

*Note:  Names and certain events have been fictionalized to protect the innocent and increase dramatic quality.

MyParentsAreCrazierThanYours (c) copyright 2011 Myra Bellotti.  All Rights Reserved.  No reproduction in any medium without prior written consent of the author is permitted.

74 Responses “About” →
  1. OMG, it’s like George Costanza all over again. I, too, have been unemployed and as the months went on, my mother said “Well, worse comes to worst, you can always move home” – to which I immediately fell into a big panic and am still trying NOT to do.

    I applaud anyone at our age trying so hard to develop and undo the wrongs of the parental units and then having to – due to sheer economic misfortune – move back into the same insanity from which one came.

    I applaud you, keep it coming! I can’t say I feel your pain, because I’m trying my damndest not to.

  2. Your writing is HILARIOUS!

    I’m also in my early 40s, attempting to begin a new career after being at home, raising kids for the last 12 years. (You liked my daughter’s poem on Miagraphical. That’s how I found you.)

    While I’m not living at home with my parents…I know what’s it’s like to be figuring out – all over again – who I want to be when I grow up. It’s wonderful and exciting, frustrating and debilitating – all at the same time.

    I love that you find the humor in every situation. Being able to laugh makes life (even the difficult parts) so much easier to handle!

    Can’t wait to read more!

  3. I love a good dramedy. You’ve got real writing chops, Myra.


  4. shiku's cafe

    February 4, 2011

    “I am a hopeless optimist who still believes in the power of the written word to lift people’s hearts and minds. I naively believe that love conquers all, that one day I’ll meet a man who gets me, that my poetry will mean something to someone out there, and that my life will be really really good.”

    If I didn’t know better I’d swear you were describing me…

    Your honesty is truly refreshing…I’ll definitely be back for more.


  5. Myra, I love you. Thank you for writing raw and entertaining material. Keep it coming!

  6. Myra, your home life may suck but you’re truly the best thing on the internet. Thank you for sharing your raw angst with the world. Your pain brightens all of our days!

  7. First thanks so much for liking my newest post but secondly thanks for introducing me to your great blog I have been laughing ever since I started reading
    It’s a mix of Jen Lancaster & Laurie Naturio I love it:)


  8. Ed Williams

    February 23, 2011

    Never stop writing Myra. Just remember that “hopeless and optimist” cannot exist in the same sentence and neither can “naive and love.” If they did, I would not have the blessings in my life I have today. HUMOR and rawness are what the world is all about. Keep it real and keep believing in yourself and work tirelessly to get where you want to be. You will.


  9. Deborah Bryan

    February 26, 2011

    So. Fabulous. I hope my son sleeps another hour. I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up on!

  10. All I can say is…Hilarious! And Vito is adorable 🙂

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog … I got a GREAT laugh reading your’s today. Thanks for the smile. I am sure that I will be back. Hope you find a way to be the Woman that you Want to BE! 🙂

  12. I really enjoyed reading your blog. Very funny. Thanks

  13. ❤ it!! I'm 42 and I must say, I admire you going out there and RAWKING it! Kudos for you not giving up your pitty either. You're an awesome furbaby mommy!

  14. Myra, your writing reads effortlessly. You ought to be getting paid for that…in Mallomars even.


  15. Meredith

    March 1, 2011

    I love your writing! I also have a friend with an adorable pit bull named Vito(funny coincidence)who is unemployed and living on someone else’s house boat. =) I’ve had to live with my mom as an adult several times…and let me say, it can make you crazy! Keep writing and finding the humor in life…you’re rockin it lady!Congrats on deleting the ex text- that can be hard to do. Good luck with everything!

  16. You should wrap this story up in a sitcom script and pitch it.

    That picture might be “before the fall,” but if you live like that photo was taken today, you’ll do all right.

  17. Hi!!! I got your reply to my submission. Like the idiot that I am I deleted the email and now have no idea how to respond to your reply to my submission!!!!

    Glad to know that you think my dad’s crazy too 😉

    It would be an honour to have my story published in your blog when or if it does! 🙂

  18. I just read your entire blog and I wish I could give you a hug and then take you out for a drink. Your writing is amazingly funny and honest. I have no doubt that you could make a living with your words one day. I live in my mother-in-law’s house with my unemployed husband (going back to school) and two dogs. My MIL is crazy, but in a nice way at least. Nothing close to the asylum that you are currently in.
    Keep it up. I’ll be reading!

  19. I love the emotional honesty in your writing. It makes me laugh and all the more so–your Jewish humor–like the background track in my own home (husband is Jewish) is so appreciated.

  20. Found your blog via the Stylish Bloggers Award from sixthirtythree and you’ve really got some great stuff here!

    As someone who lives in a world full of crazy (although I generally only blog about my crazy husband!). I can totally relate. I too have a dysfunctional, unemotional, nutso family which was only made worse by the fact that I married into an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (think “Marie” for my mother-in-law).

    Anyhow, I actually started blogging when I lost my job about a year or so ago and I thank ALL my lucky stars that I didn’t wind up back with my parents.

    If you’re ever looking for a possibly relatable, humorous look at my journey through unemployment.. my old blog (which I don’t really keep up with anymore since I started the blog about my annoying – ahemm… I mean endearing – hubby) is: http://activeleisure.wordpress.com

    You’ve got a new blog follower here!!

  21. Myrna,
    You are so inspiring! I was drawn in yesterday by Vito’s pic on FP and am hooked! I had to read each post.
    I have the same relationship with my mom that you have with your dad.
    You are extremely talented and I see a sit-com in your future.
    Thank you for being so positive and putting yourself out there.
    I am looking forward to future posts and I truly wish you well.

    P.S. If I live in LI I would bring you a box Mallowmars everyday!

  22. LOVE the new pic!!! Gorgeous! (PS: you look great too)


  23. Myrna,
    You are sincere and you justify yourself in your writing. I like your blog and flawless writing skill. I hope that all your wishes are fulfilled in the very near future.

  24. Hi dear,
    I love your blog to death. I found it refreshing and witty. Sometimes, you just need to laugh it off. That’s the only way to survive. And to be able to see the humor in everything, to me, is a true genius.
    There is no question about your talented writing skills. Your very funny, but serious at the same time. Your words are subtle, yet very powerful.
    Plus, my parents are crazy as hell also. So i know what your talking about =)

  25. Congratulations. I just passed on the Versatile Blogger to you and 14 other bloggers. You can choose to accept the award with its obligations, or not. Read about it here http://randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/rapunzel-speaks-and-gives-out-awards/

  26. Thanks for the visit! Love your blog, really. Newest addition to my blog roll! Looking forward to reading along to see if your parents are indeed crazier than mine! Ha! It’ll be close, either way. 😉

  27. This is amazing and I can TOTALLY relate since my parents are exactly like this. That is why I am currently crashing at a friend’s place and NOT at my home.

  28. I think my daughter would categorize me as looney…not full blown crazy…but definitely goofy. Not a bad thing, really. Keeps me thinking younger than my 61 years. Living on the “edge” has its advantages…I can do whatever I d–n well please…well almost. After all I was schooled by Catholic school nuns for 12 years. Still mind some of my p’s and q’s…out of habit…mine, not theirs.

    thanks for “liking” my post re my grandkitty’s “force”…putting you on my blogroll…so i can check back to see…whassup…hugs! …hugmamma. 😉


  29. Scriptor Obscura

    November 24, 2011

    You have won a Liebster Blog award! Stop by and check it out here:

  30. Thanks for some much needed laughs tonite.

    Keep writing! You’re great!

  31. Only from extreme angst and darkness caused by crazy-ass parents can one produce such great writing. Thanks for sharing and look forward to reading more!

  32. As someone who has a father who once paid a $20 parking ticket issued by a Chinese restaurant, this blog speaks to me… I love it. Thank you.


  33. Scriptor Obscura

    December 23, 2011

    You have won a Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://scriptorwrites.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  34. Love your blog and love your writing – I look forward to following your blog in the future – I just paid it forward and nominated you for versatile blogger

  35. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award; check it out:


  36. Moira,

    Even though you don’t know me from a can of Ovaltine, I want to let you know that you’ve received the Versatile Blogger Award. Hope this makes all of your angst worthwhile.

    I’ve really enjoyed following your writing and, like others, hope you can achieve the success you’re looking for.

    I’m also wondering, when you’re parents move to Florida, what will you be writing about?


    Thanks for your blog.


  37. love the tone of your blog. Thanks for taking the time to read mine.

  38. Love your posts ,but . . . you are way braver, and very talented, than ever I could be in exposing the hilarious craziness of your parents. Mine, alas, are certifiable. It hurts. I am sure I am adopted . . .


  39. andriayiasmin

    July 14, 2012

    Cheers! Although I’m not forty I moved in with my mom for financial reasons. Can’t wait to read more of your blog!

  40. Well hey there – I know you already have umpteen awards but I’ve nominated you for another one anyway – a Versatile Blogger Award – just thought I’d let you know 🙂

  41. I just found your blog and it just may be my new fav! Thanks for making my parents seem semi-normal, which isn’t easy! 😉

  42. I too have nominated you for an award. You can choose from the “One Lovely Blog” Award, the “Reader’s Appreciation Award” or “The Sunshine Award”. They’re all on my page with their rules for your choosing. I love reading your blog! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  43. Thank you (and Vito) for so much entertaining reading! I’ve nominated your blog for The Versatile Blogger Award! No problem if you’re not into these things. For more info see:


  44. I didn’t even think it was possible for anyone’s parents to be crazier than mine. 😉 I’m really looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  45. OMG, you had me at silent but deadly bomb dropping pit bull. I have one of those. His name is Thor, Dog of Thunder. He can never get close enough to me, so he thinks he’s a lap dog. The only thing he seems to be afraid of are his own farts. They are skunky surprises that cause him to jump up, run, and look behind him wondering what bit him in the ass.

  46. Hey you may or may not be into awards (and if you’re not, that’s cool), but I just nominated you for a Liebster Award:
    No obligation to participate of course, but at the very least maybe I can drive a few readers your way.

  47. hilarious!
    “that my writing will mean something to someone out there” my eternal hope too! 🙂

  48. Funny likes funny. Look forward to seeing more of what this is about.

  49. Have just discovered your blog and have only read a little, but can completely relate. In fact, am pretty sure my parents could give yours some crazy competition. Humor saved my sanity on many occasions.


  50. food4thesoul93

    March 4, 2013

    Love the “Moxy!” Thanks for the visit to “my place.” Oh, and when you visit again, tell Vitto he can sit wherever he wants to. Continued success…Skip.

  51. Hi,
    I’ve decided to follow any WordPress members who commented on or liked my past posts, in an effort to be more community minded. Don’t feel compelled to hit me back, but if you do I hope you enjoy and say hi.
    bcpkid (pettiplays)

  52. So i was referred over to your blog and as you may have noticed from your stats I just spent the night reading every single entry. I tried NOT to comment on every single post. You have come a LONG way. Your pain is real but you turning it into humor is an amazing gift. Looking forward to reading about your journey! Best of luck!

  53. Hi! I found your blog through another person’s blog.
    You are very talented and this has been a great read so far.
    I had to back in with my parents after my divorice, I was 27 and with a newborn child. I lived with them for 7 years and it was the worse 7 years ofmy entire life.
    I have since moved out, I’ve had my own apartment for the past 2 years and told myself that if I EVER lost my job again…I would sell every posession I had before moving back in with them (I don’t really have the best of relationships with my mother).

  54. I was awarded on a cold and rainy day with this fabulous Sunshine Award. I hope it brings you some warm fuzzies too.


  55. Hey there, I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family Award. Details can be found on my post: http://dylanjonesblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/the-wordpress-family/
    keep up the good work! 🙂

  56. Oh thank God I’ve found you, now I don’t feel so alone!!!! I knew there had to be other people out there like me, but who the hell would ever admit it? THANK YOU!!!

  57. Great ‘About’ – I’m sure many have weighed in on crazy parents – mine are just mildly so ’cause in the end we’re all kinda crazy aren’t we? I wish you all kinds of luck in your writing – and it’s wonderful you adopted a dog.
    ps my dad is 82, he’s a retired F.B.I. agent and still tough as nails – his name is VITO 🙂

  58. Hey there! Just wanted to stop by and say thanks for checking out my blog! Yours looks great- I’m a big fan of Vito! I look forward to reading more 🙂

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