7 Signs You Live With An Italian Family

7 Signs You Live With An Italian Family

For those whose blood is 90% pasta sauce.

This article is for those who have consumed way too much pasta in their lifetime, just like myself-- an article for those who have no clue why their grandmothers cooked so much for a family dinner. While Italians are wonderfully family-oriented people, our personalities tend to be overwhelming and a tad boisterous. I'm sure all of us second-generation Italians are familiar with these following scenarios.

1. You have no clue what an inside voice is and completely neglect manners in conversations.

Our Italian mouths obviously don't come with a volume button-- even our whispering abilities suck. Multiple conversations are going on at the same exact time at the same exact volume-- loud. For some reason, we get louder even when others think our voices are at a maximum. Oh and don't even get me started about our laughter. We can cause earthquakes with it. We will forever be excessively expressive and talkative no matter how many people tell us to pipe it down.

To make things worse, we have no concept of when it is proper to interject in a conversation nor do we understand the concept of talking back and forth in a polite manner. We find ourselves talking over other people at the most inappropriate times. Therefore, people tend to see us as rude and impolite, but we really just can't help getting out what we have to say.

2. You think you legitimately have hearing problems from how loud your family constantly is.

Whether it be banging pots and pans at 5 am to start cooking meals for the whole day or telling stories at dinnertime, they all have lead to your precious hearing fading. None of your family seems to know what an inside voice is; therefore, you have trouble hearing people when they talk in an inside voice. People start to think you're annoying for asking them to repeat themselves a million times in conversation, but it's mostly your family's fault for not knowing how to tone it down.

3. Your life revolves around food.

Just like your grandmother, you're subconsciously concerned about the meals you'll be eating that day and for that week. While foods slathered in tomato sauce, herbs, and cheese will always be your go-to, you're still interested in eating in general. This probably stems from the fact that your grandmother or mother enforced set meal and snack times every single day. You spend most of your time in the kitchen or up your grandmother's butt about what she's cooking for dinner.

Even going to the grocery store is an adventure. We always want to concoct something in the kitchen. To Italians, food is a work of art; we love mixing flavors to create beautiful and tasteful dishes.

4. Your grandmother thinks you are insulting her cooking when you tell her you're not hungry.

It's the end of the world for your grandmother when you turn down a meal or a snack from her. She takes personal offense when you're not hungry or interested in what she has cooked. She might even jump to the conclusion that you're sick and becomes extremely concerned about your food intake from there on out. We're also familiar with the, "Are you on a diet? Is that why you're not eating?" It's hard to eat everything your grandmother feeds you unless you plan on getting sick later that evening, but if you don't eat, you'll be breaking your poor grandmother's heart.

5. You're educated in every type of pasta out there and like certain ones even though they all really taste the same.

Are you an angel hair person or a linguine person? Are you a penne person or a rigatoni person? Are you a tortellini person or a conchiglie person? Pasta is pasta to the rest of the population it seems; however, to us, each shape has different qualities and each are specific to different dishes. For example, why on earth would you use ravioli in a lasagna? What a shame. And God forbid you ever use canned pasta sauce in any dish. We might as well create a pasta encyclopedia to make sure each pasta is used in the correct manner.

6. You can't stop moving your hands a lot when you talk no matter how hard you try.

If our loud voices and personalities weren't enough, we can't help but move our hands when we talk. It's as if we can't get our point across well enough unless we add some hand motion into it. Unfortunately, this can lead to our demise sometimes. We tend to be very accident prone because of our inability to keep our hands still. You find yourself knocking things over or hitting your hands off of counters when you're talking. As if we weren't expressive enough as it is. We find it uncomfortable to do such things as driving and talking because we can't move our hands unless we want to risk having an accident. We might be a bit quirky, but we're still pretty awesome people.

7. You have a million family members who you're distantly related to yet they still show up to every single family dinner.

Your family is so immense in size that sometimes your own grandmother forgets your name. Everybody in your family thinks you've been in 8th grade for five years now because there are too many family members to keep everybody's life updates straight. You're utterly exhausted of being asked the same questions over and over by family members you see maybe once or twice a year. There are too many Josephinas, Paulinas, Pauls, Louis, and Louisas for you to comprehend. All in all, you wouldn't trade your family for everything else in the world.

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There are many black individuals who have greatly contributed to the inventions we use today. Unfortunately I can't list them all, but here are a few:

1. Dustpan

Have you swept any trash into your dust pan lately? Well, you can thank Lloyd Ray for that. He made an invention that helped people to get rid of trash without getting their hands dirty.


2. Mop

The picture that comes to mind is of the school custodians that so helpfully keep the institution’s floors clean. Thomas Stewart created a mop that could wring out water.


3. Lawn mower

While John Burr didn’t create the lawn mower, he improved it to what is now. Burr invented the rotary blade that made it easier to get the grass along the side of buildings.


4. Clothes dryer

George T. Sampson also improved an invention. Before him, ventilators would be be used to dry clothes. However this ended up in the clothes smelling like smoke, being dirty and sometimes catching on fire. Sampson’s improvement helped clothes dry better and not catch on fire. He received a patent for his invention in 1892.


5. Automatic gear shift

Not much is known about Richard Spike but he did create an array of inventions. If you hate driving a stick shift, thank Spike for the automatic gear shift.


6. Ice cream scoop

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Alfred L. Cralle created the ice cream scoop after noticing the difficulties ice cream servers had scooping ice cream with a regular spoon, into a cone. We have Cralle to thank for our nicely rounded scoops of the yummy, cold treat.


"We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness." - Yvette Clarke
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35 Things You've Experienced If You Grew Up With Asian Parents

First generation Asian Americans all had the same struggle growing up.

I will always be thankful for my immigrant parents. However, there are moments when their overwhelming care can definitely be suffocating. It’s hard sometimes being the first generation in America when you are competing with such different views and perspectives.

Here are things that I have experienced (and I am sure you all have, as well) growing up with Asian American parents.

1. You never leave the house without a coat. Ever. Because for some reason, it is always cold out.

2. You’ve been asked if you want to be a doctor when you grow up.

3. Or a nurse.

4. Or a pediatrician.

5. Maybe even a dentist?

6. If you say 'no,' then get ready to see the look of disappointment in their eyes.

7. Your mom tells you you’re getting fat on the daily.

8. But for some reason she keeps shoveling more food onto your plate even after you told her you were already full?

9. You’re not allowed to date until after high school.

10. Actually, you’re not allowed to date until after college.

11. Honestly, with how your parents are, you’re not allowed to date until after marriage.

12. Your friends love your parents and that’s just because your parents suck up to them whenever they come over.

13. You wish your friends came over more because your parents are definitely nicer when they’re around.


15. “Why can’t you be more like your cousin?”

16. You parents want you to marry someone the same ethnicity as you because “they understand you more.”

17. But don’t worry, if you bring someone home that isn’t the same culture, it’s totally fine.

18. There’s always cooked rice in the house.

19. But if you’re the one that finishes the rice and you don’t cook more, get ready to get yelled at.

20. When you try to leave the house looking fashionable in your crop top but your mom isn’t having it so you have to change.

21. Your parents always made you take an umbrella when it’s sunny out just so you can maintain your “beautiful pale complexion.”

22. You have to make plans with you friends basically 5-7 business days in advance.

23. And even then, the likelihood of your mom saying yes is very slim.

24. You never go grocery shopping with your parents without a fat STACK of coupons.

25. You also never buy anything at the store unless it is on sale.

26. Every family party is basically a competition to see which aunty can hype up their kid more.

27. Shrimp chips and Pocky were always stocked up in the household.

28. All your furniture was wrapped in that weird plastic wrap to “protect it.”

29. The TV remote was, too.

30. Sometimes even that floor had those weird plastic mats also.

31. You have one of those brooms that’s basically a bunch of sticks taped together.

32. But for some reason, they work better than the ones you buy at target.

33. Karaoke is sung at every family gathering.

34. They don’t tell you “I love you” that often.

35. But they ask you if you’ve eaten every hour, and you know that’s their version of it.

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