With a teenager and a toddler in the house, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) doesn’t actually know when Mother’s Day is... but she’s sure looking forward to it! “They usually make me take the day off and do something relaxing,” she told Soaps In Depth of son Luke, 17, and husband Michael Patrick Jann. “It evolves every year, but I’ll certainly get flowers and cards, and usually a nice brunch and some time to myself.”
With Verity a very talkative tyke, this mom can use a bit of quiet time. “For better or worse, both kids were fully conversant at early ages — which fools you into thinking they’re also emotionally mature when they’re 2,” LoCicero cracked. “Verity’s very funny. And ‘full of energy’ doesn’t even begin to describe it! She doesn’t give a crap what anybody thinks, which is great. When you think of her becoming a young woman, you want her to be strident and have fire and confidence. But it’s challenging when you’re the mom, and she’s just like, ‘Nope, not going to do it.’”
Luckily, she’s got backup when her director hubby is on location for work. “My son should be dipped in gold and made into a trophy,” LoCicero bragged. “The kid is so sweet, helpful, smart and kind, and doesn’t talk back — which is of course why I thought I could do it again. I figured I was a really great mom! Then I made this next one, who’s like, ‘Go to hell, lady. I’m going to do whatever I feel like.’ When she’s giving me a hard time, he always says, ‘Mom, you can’t negotiate with terrorists. Let her cry. He’s right, of course. He’s very responsible and loving with her, and she looks up to him like a god.”
Having survived the “terrible 2s,” LoCicero does her best to keep perspective. “On my deathbed, the thing that’s going to put a smile on my face is these years I’ve had with my kids in my house, safe and under my roof,” she previewed. “I just have to remind myself of that during moments where it’s challenging! Mother’s Day is my family all around me and beautiful California weather. Maybe we can all just sit around the pool, have a nice meal and go swimming. Maybe they’ll cook for me. Going out with Verity to a nice restaurant isn’t always the most relaxing thing, so just staying home would be perfect!”
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