American Kids: Move out when they're 18 with the full
support of their parents.
Italian Kids: Move out when they're 28, having saved
for that nice house and are a week away from getting
married .... Unless there's room in the basement for
American Kids: When their Mom visits them she brings a
nice bundt cake and you sip coffee and chat.
Italian Kids: When their Mom visits them she brings 3
days worth of food and begins to immediately tidy up,
dust, do the laundry or rearrange the furniture.
American Kids: Their dads always call before they come
over to visit them and its usually only on special occasions.
Italian Kids: Are not at all fazed when their dads
come over, unannounced, on a Saturday morning
at 8:00 and starts pruning the fruit trees. And
if there are no fruit trees, he will plant some!
American Parents: You c an leave your kids with them
and you always worry if everything is going to be ok
plus you have to feed them after you pick them up.
Italian Parents: No problem, leave your kids there and
if they get out of line your parents
can set them straight .... plus they get fed.
American Kids: Always pay retail and look in the
yellow pages when they need something done.
Italian Kids: Just call their dad or uncle and ask for
another dad's or uncle's phone number to get it done ....
cash deal, knowwhatImean?
American Kids: Will come over for cake and coffee and
get only cake and coffee, no more.
Italian Kids: Will come over for cake and coffee and
get antipasto, a few bottles of wine, a pasta dish,
a choice of two meats, salad, bread, potatoes, a nice
dessert cake, fruit, coffee and a few after dinner
drinks .... time permitting there will be a late lunch as well.
American Kids: Think that being Italian is a greatthing,
Italian Kids: Know that being Italian is a great
American Kids: Never ask the reason you have no food.
Italian Kids: Are the reason you have no food.
American Kids: Will say 'hello".
Italian Kids: Will give you a big hug and a kiss,
pinch your cheeks, and pat you on the back.
American Kids: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
Italian Kids: Call your parents Mom and Dad.
American Kids: Have never seen you cry.
Italian Kids: Cry with you.
American Kids: Will eat at your dinner table and
Italian Kids: Will spend hours there, talking,
laughing and just being together.
American Kids: Borrow your stuff for a few days then
give it back.
Italian Kids: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's
American Kids: Know a few things about you.
Italian Kids: Could write a book with direct quotes
American Kids: Will leave you behind if that's what
the cr owd is doing.
Italian Kids: Will kick the whole crowds' ass that
American Kids: Would knock on your door.
Italian Kids: Walk right in and say, "I'm home!"
American Kids: Are for a while.
Italian Kids: Are for life.
American Kids: Will ignore this.
Italian Kids: Will forward this.
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