15 Things You Understand If You Grew Up Italian

15 Things You Understand If You Grew Up Italian

"There is nothing that a fresh loaf of semolina bread, or a big bowl of spaghetti can't cure."
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1. You pronounce things differently than others.

Mozzarella turns into mutzadell. You drop the "i" at the end of antipasti. Capicola somehow turns into gabagool. Even actual Italians who still live in Italy don't pronounce things like this, but if you're a Jersey-born or New York-born Italian, you understand. Being raised by super Italian grandparents and a super Italian mother, I was taught to pronounce Italian foods the wrong way and never looked back. I've received the craziest looks from waiters, or friends, or acquaintances for the way that I pronounce ricotta or proscuitto, but it's just something we have to deal with.

2. You talk with your hands.

I actually tried to make my mom keep her hands behind her back once to speak to me and she couldn't get a single word out. Sometimes when I'm deep in a rant in a room full of crowded people I have to watch myself because I'm nervous that I'll hit someone while I'm flailing my arms around.

3. Introductions to your family are extremely overwhelming.

Not only do you have to bring your friends/boyfriend/girlfriend into a room crowded with your fifty cousins, thirty aunts and thirty uncles, because your family is huge and enormously extended, but in addition, the room is full of the loudest people you will ever meet. Bringing them around the room to properly greet everyone should be considered an extreme sport. Side note: Good luck dodging all the kisses.

4. You know better than to pass the sauce pot without stirring it.

Almost every Saturday there is a pot sitting on my stove that I could fit my entire body in, only it's filled with sauce. It cooks all day and if my mother so much as hears mine, or anyones, footsteps in the kitchen, she yells at us to stir it. I don't know what happens if we don't, because we've all been to afraid to test her.

5. No carb or low-carb diets aren't a thing.

Bread before every meal, whether it's slabbed with butter or dipped in oil and seasonings, is a staple. I've never messed with it, and I never want to because it makes my soul feel complete. There is nothing that a fresh loaf of semolina bread, or a big bowl of spaghetti can't cure.

6. You incorporate pasta into every meal.

Whether it is the main course or a side dish, it's always there.

7. You go through olive oil like it's your job.

Everything is cooked in it. Forget canola oil or vegetable oil. We love olive oil so much we even use it as a dipping sauce. I'm honestly surprised we don't drink it.

8. You probably gain ten pounds after the holidays.

Lasagna. Baked ziti. Meatballs. Sausage. Penne vodka. Chicken cutlets. Stuffed rigatoni. So. Much. Food. How can you even help yourself? Not to mention the cheese board and the antipasti. There's no time to be full because the food just keeps coming.

9. You know each and every pasta and how it's different from the next.

Angel hair and capellini are different, and both of them are much different from thin spaghetti. Speaking of spaghetti, it's different than vermicelli and bucatini. It's complicated, but we get it.

10. No amount of garlic is too much garlic.

I see recipes that call for one clove of garlic and I know that it's unrealistic. You should never be using one clove of garlic. If someone ever questions the amount of garlic you're using, drop them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

11. Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin has been background music for as long as you can remember.

That's Amoré was probably your childhood jam.

14. Being asked "Are you hungry?" or "Do you want more?" until you feel like you're going to explode.

Don't even bother trying to make plans after Sunday dinner. Sunday nights are for food comas.

15. Your family is probably stubborn as hell.

My family knows what they like and how they like it and good luck trying to get them to try otherwise. I've never met a man more stubborn than my Italian grandfather, and it's definitely passed down to my mother and I. Although this can be a difficult one, it's a good way to learn to stand for your beliefs.

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Every time I’m in the mall I pass by this new glow-in-the-dark Mini Golf place. It looked pretty neat and it’s a great activity to do with your friends. Whether you are good at sports or not, you are guaranteed to have fun. I mean who could pass up mini golf? (Not to mention glow-in-the-dark mini golf??)

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The classic go-to in Bloomington. Hit up Anthony’s Pets for a fun time with puppies. Nobody with a heart can resist puppy love. (They have other animals too!!)

3. Movie night

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4. Hiking & Staying in a Cabin

Some of my favorite nights are nights we have spent at my friend’s cabin. Hiking and staying in Brown County is an awesome activity to get into when there is not much happening around campus. Bring cards and your speaker and it’s bound to be fun.

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Here’s an unusual idea. If you are involved in Greek Life on campus, offer to sober monitor for one of your house’s socials. You get the fun of going to the party, but don’t feel obligated to drink. It’s the best of both worlds when you are just not feeling it.

6. Support your favorite IU team

There are always games going on the weekends. Tickets are super cheap or admission is free for a lot of sports. Some of the best games are ones you get to go to with a bunch of your friends. Leaving your dorm or apartment is fun for a change of scenery, especially when so many people go to these games. Get out there and see what’s happening! I personally love the basketball games.

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9. Bowling at the IMU

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5 Problems You Have If You're A Super Messy Person

You might as well just embrace who you are.
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Being a messy person comes with its struggles, laziness topping off the list.

It is especially difficult to keep tidy in college, where you're living on your own or with a roommate, and you don’t have your parents to tell you to go clean up your room or do chores. If you've ever left a trail of crumbs accidentally letting everyone you live with know where you've been, you understand that with great messiness comes great burden. Neat freaks always think that they have it the worst, but here are five problems that prove that being messy is no walk in the park either.

1. You never know where any of your things are.

The mess that you've created has no sense of structure. Nothing makes sense about where you've thrown your things other than that it was the closest place to put it. Outsiders cringe at the sight of your belongings spread out in the most confusing ways. Finding your remote or keys is the most difficult task in the world.

2. But on a more real level, you know exactly where everything is.

Cleaning up is the worst. Somehow, a messy person can manage to tell which clothes in a huge pile of combined clean and dirty have been worn just by a quick glance. There is a method to the madness, so when someone tries to move something you begin to panic. That deck of cards on your dresser packed in with all your makeup? Yeah, it's meant to be there. The sunglasses in the cup where you put all of your highlighters? It was intentionally thrown in there. That empty box that’s been there for two weeks? It's still out for a reason.

3. You feel bad for your roommate/parent/anyone who has to live with you.

Your roommate is constantly cleaning, vacuuming, taking out the trash and more to keep your shared space livable and tidy, so a small part of you feels horrible that you make it such a mess for them, because God knows you aren't going to be the one cleaning it up. Yet, you never cease to amaze yourself at how lazy you are when it comes to actually being motivated enough to clean things for yourself.

4. It's impossible to know where to even begin when cleaning.

Beginning to clean is a nightmare. Where to start? The desk looks messy, but so does the dresser. The bed isn't made yet, but there are clothes all over it. Too much is happening at once, so it's just better to leave it be altogether and take a nap instead. You thought about cleaning, and it's the thought that counts.

5. You always say you're going to change, but it never happens.

Actions speak louder than words, and even though this time you promised yourself that you're going to be a better roommate and actually clean up for yourself, you never will. Another New Year's resolution down the drain. Being messy is in your nature, and you might as well just embrace who you are instead of trying to be someone you're not.

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