We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Ferraro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I never considered my choices as risk taking, just the next logical step for my life. Let’s face it. Whether making life decisions or career moves, everyone has a little trepidation, even fear, when stepping off a cliff. Right or wrong, I have always assumed that everything would turn out okay. And, for the most part, it has. Where I am now is exactly where I am supposed to be.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The creative side of lawyering… there isn’t one… That is why my creative brain led me to write a memoir about my experience of raising a child from Romania. It is called When the Bough Breaks. This work is currently one of five finalists in a national writing contest, When Words Count. I am so proud of this story because there are so many parents who suffer in silence when their children have hardships, whether through mental illness, handicap, drug abuse or criminal behavior. Mothers, especially, blame ourselves when our children go awry. But no one talks about it. Having the gift of words imposes on me a responsibility to tell this story, to shine a light into that dark tunnel where there seems to be no end to our children’s troubles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends come from the frigid north, in a faraway land called New Jersey, so whenever they visit, they want to head straight to the beach, do some people watching and eat in great restaurants, followed by dancing, of course.
Sometimes I can persuade them to tour a little, and see Viscaya.
Then to Calle Ocho, of course, any one of the cuban cafes, for the best coffee in the world. I like to wander into little boites that I think I alone am discovering.
The people watching is awesome anywhere you are, but Collins Avenue after 10pm is the place to go.
There are also great Italian restaurants downtown.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a village… doesn’t everyone? But the one person who was the greatest influence in the direction of my life is my son, Gheorghe. He comes from Romania, and the challenges he brought to our family taught me more about resilience and driving through obstacles than anyone I could meet in five lifetimes.
Along the way, there have been many other mentors, from my friend Susan Anderson, who is the most amazing mom and zealous disability advocate I know, to Marc Gaylord, Esq., my legal career guide here in Florida, to Dr. Ronald Federici, the country’s leading expert in children of Eastern European Adoption, who led me to write a memoir, When the Bough Breaks.
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