11 Struggles Growing Up In An Italian Family
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11 Struggles Growing Up In An Italian Family

From the dinners to the arguments, we love our crazy Italian family.

11 Struggles Growing Up In An Italian Family
Mallory Turnbull

For those of you who are a part of a huge, crazy, Italian family, than you will greatly appreciate this article. We love our family to death but there are some struggles that we deal with by being Italian. So sit down with a big bowl of pasta and enjoy this article.

1. We learn to talk with our hands.

It is impossible for us not to talk with our hands. Stand at least five feet away if you do not want to get hit.

2. Pasta is the main course of every meal.

Don't complain, just enjoy.

3. We only know one volume for talking...loud.

We aren't aware that we are basically yelling when we talk until someone, who is not Italian, tells us to tone it down.

4. Sundays are reserved for Sunday dinners with the whole family.

Don't try and make plans with friends on Sunday unless you want to upset your family.

5. So. Much. Food.

Instant food coma.

6. We hold grudges.

We forgive but we never forget.

7. You have to like red wine.

Once you start developing a taste for red wine, that will be the day you become an adult in the Italian community.

8. If you don't know Italian, then you are excluded from half of the conversations.

The conversation will start off in English but slowly turn into Italian and that is your cue to leave the conversation You can try and understand what they are saying but admit it, you have no freaking idea what they are saying.

9. Italian mothers and their sons.....do not even get me started.

It is OK for sons to live in their mother's basement till they are married. And when they are married, she will still do her son's laundry.

10. Italian grandmothers will be your number one fan.

They will always be there to give you great advice and a bowl of pasta.

11. When you bring your friends over, they will have a hard time understanding your family's English.

Even though my grandparents have lived in the United States longer than they lived in Italy, they still speak broken English like they just hopped off the boat.

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