1. Having so much food on the table at every single party that it can last for weeks when the party ends.
2. Running out of sunflower seeds is a crisis!!!
3. When you get sunburned your mother tells you to put sour cream on it.
4. At one point in your life, you had a carpet hanging on your wall.
5. Your mom will tell you to lose weight, and 5 minutes later ask you why you are not eating her pierogi’s.
6. There is no right time to eat or drink anything cold. You’re either sick, were just sick, or will get sick.
7. There is a clear distinction between “home clothing” and “outdoor clothing”.
8. Your mom insists you clean your room before the cleaning lady comes “shtobi nye bilo stidno” (So it won’t be embarrassing)
9. You spent elementary and middle school wanting PB&J and Fruit Roll-ups for lunch instead of your meatball wrapped in rye. Now you can’t stop dreaming of mama’s said meatball wrapped in rye.
10. Every single event in your life is somehow indicative of whether or not you will get married.
11. When you invite a friend to your house, and your mother begins feeding them, you know she approves… but if no food was offered, you know not to bring them back…
12. When your grandma calls you and tells you that she saw a report on TV about there being viruses on the internet and tells you not to use the internet under any circumstances!
13. When your parents force feed your american friends even though they said they’re full…
14. When your father’s broken English, asks for the “Hostage” instead of the “Hostess” at the restaurant.
15. Your mom will never throw away old clothes because they make good rags.
16. If you could only explain to your American friends the connection between whistling and wealth…
17. The only “tupperware” in your house is old sour cream containers.
18. If you’re a girl and your American boyfriend visits, your papa immediately takes off his tapochki (house slippers) and gives them to him. Your mama is hustling to find more tapochki (house slippers) around the house so everyone’s feet are covered.
19. When you don’t finish your grandmother’s seven course meal including salads, potatoes, fish, meat, soup, more meat, and finally desert, it means you don’t love her.
20. Explaining to your American friends that your family is neither yelling or fighting, just talking to each other.
We have our own experiences about that: