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Friends: Move out when they’re 18 with the full support of their parents.
Italian Friends: 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 the newlyweds.
Friends: When their mom visits them she brings a nice bunt cake and you sip coffee and chat.
Italian Friends: 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.
Friends: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them and it’s usually only on special occasions.
Italian Friends: Are not at all fazed when their dads come over, unannounced, on a saturday morning at 8:00am and start pruning the trees with a chainsaw or renovating the garage.
Friends: You can 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 Friends: No problem, leave the kids there and if they get out of line the Italian friend can set them straight…plus they get fed.
Friends: Always pay retail and look in the yellow pages when they need something done.
Italian Friends: Just call their dad or uncle and ask for another dad’s or uncle’s phone number to get it done…cash deal, knowhatImean.
Friends: Will come over for cake and coffee and expect cake and coffee, no more.
Italian Friends: Will come over for cake and coffee and expect an 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.
Friends: Think that being Italian is a great thing.
Italian Friends: Know that being Italian is a great thing
FRIENDS VS ITALIAN FRIENDS
FRIENDS: Never ask for food
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Are the reason you have no food.
FRIENDS: Will say “hello”
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.