Meet the Johns Family - Page 2
But Bobby has no interest in forsaking his family’s traditions. "It’s the furthest thing from the truth that I wanna go away from the Gypsy culture and Gypsy heritage. It’s just, I feel I can be more," he explains. He wants more for his children—to give them a choice, and open them up to more choices. Willing to bend, and even break the rules of Romani life to give his children the best life he can, he says, "If I’m ‘gonna have to choose between my daughter’s happiness and Gypsy traditions, I’m ‘gonna choose my daughter’s happiness every time." One of Bobby’s daughters, Amanda dreams of becoming an actress, rejecting the idea that she follow in her grandmother’s footsteps as a psychic healer. “I don’t want to be like all the other women [psychics] in my family,” she argues. “Even if I have the gift, I don’t want it.” Bobby’s other daughter is more traditionally-minded.
Bobby’s younger brother Nicky is opposed to Bobby’s willingness to forego Romani tradition. “There’s no grey area for me. There’s black or white. What I say is what I feel, and that’s it,” explains Nicky. Family honor is everything to Nicky, but his stubbornness and quick temper leads him to conflict with his older brothers while while Bob Sr. is recovering.
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