'She Taught Me to Be Loud': What Milo Manheim Has Learned from His Mother Camryn

'She Taught Me to Be Loud': What Milo Manheim Has Learned from His Mother Camryn

August 13, 2020

Six months into quarantine, Camryn and Milo Manheim decided to grow their family.

The family added eight more legs to their home in Venice, California: a pair of adopted kittens from the Stray Cat Alliance. “You want to know what family means to us?” Milo, 19, tells PEOPLE while holding one of the new apricot-hued kittens, Slim, under a canopy of palm trees. “It’s three cats.”

On cue, their first cat, a large 14-year-old tabby named Jeff, walks across their Spanish-tiled patio. Mewing ensues along the canal.

“There are so many definitions for family now,” Camryn, 59, says, petting Slim’s brother, Ziggy — officially Ziggy Marley Stardust. “Family is whom you’re with, who makes you feel good. Who is your cheerleader?”

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“It’s a matriarchy here,” Camryn says with a smile. She looks at her son proudly and down at the “Queen of Hearts” tattoo on Milo’s left forearm he inked in her honor. (It’s Camryn’s nickname.)

“I'm starting to have this awakening,” Milo says of what he’s experienced and learned during the quarantine. “I'm seeing how our family talks to each other, how we're always there for each other — and how we're always loud.” Camryn leans in for a nuzzle. “We’re even stronger now,” she says.

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