Meet the Hammond Family!
There can be no doubt as to who wears the proverbial pants in this inter-racial family from Northern California. Mom, Alyce, runs a tight ship, of which husband Tim and daughters Chantel, 13, Jasmine, 10, and Adrienne, 6, are the well-trained sailors. It’s all about structure, order, organization, cleanliness, manners and discipline in the Hammonds’ household.
Alyce’s life revolves around her family and church activities. She teaches Sunday school and holds Bible study meetings in her home. She takes care of the girls, shuttling them to and from church activities and sports practices. Laid back Tim takes a back seat to Alyce’s strong personality and seems content to spend most of his time in his den, watching sports on TV.
While she identifies with the Black community and makes sure her girls realize they are from two cultures, Alyce has created an environment that goes against any kind of racial stereotypes. For Alyce and Tim, love has nothing to do with ethnicity and it’s strong values that make for a solid family. He has hopes of attending medical school and becoming a doctor.
Meet the Girone Family!
Don’t let the quiet atmosphere of their suburban middle-class neighborhood fool you: with body-covering tattoos, piercings in the weirdest places, hoop-stretched earlobes, muscle cars and extreme yoga, the Girones are definitely anything but a traditional family. Dad Tim, mom Barb and 9-year old Vincenzo lead an alternative lifestyle deeply rooted in their exotic interests, artistic pursuits and out-of-the box beliefs.
Filled with religious and tribal art from all over the world, the Girones’ home reflects their rejection of time-honored, conventional roles. Tim spends a lot of time cooking in the kitchen, house cleaning and taking care of Vincenzo. Not surprisingly, the couple’s approach to parenting is rather liberal and based on love and a “live and let live” philosophy, whereby Vincenzo is encouraged to be accepting, to do the right thing and to express his individuality.
Art is an essential part of the Girones’ life. Tim, who has been dubbed the “Piercing King of Western Pennsylvania,” owns two tattoo and piercing parlors. Barb is an art teacher. However, at night, the loving wife, nurturing mother and sweet teacher undergoes a radical metamorphosis and becomes…Sugar Plum Scary, the evil queen of roller-derby.