13 Obvious Signs You Were Raised In A Cultured Family Home

13 Obvious Signs You Were Raised In A Cultured Family Home

No, you are not the only one that goes through this.

1. Everyone is ‘auntie’ ‘cousin’ or ‘uncle’

The first 12 years of my life, I did not really know who my actual aunt and uncle were.

2. The universal jobs are: Doctor, lawyer, and engineer

You could be a global music producer making millions of dollars and that will not matter to them.

3. Religious service is an all-day activity

You keep some snacks and extra clothes in your parents’ car because this is going to be a long day.

4. Sundays were cleaning day

Get out your dustpan and brush, Kid!

5. The house usually smells like spice or some form of rice

My mom is a big fan of cooking. Especially with certain spices. So whenever she is making food, the whole kitchen is consumed with spices and it smells wonderful. It may smell kind of weird to your friends, but to you, it smells like home.

6. No shoes on in the house

Those floors were steamed clean so no sneaker prints should be on the ground. As soon as you step into the house, the shoes come off. At my house, we have a shoe rack by the front door to put our shoes. It is strange when I go to other houses when everyone can walk anywhere with their shoes on. I just stare at them weird honestly. Same to your friends. Unfortunately, with that being said, the smell of feet probably gravitate throughout the front of the house.

7. Your parents automatically like your other friends with foreign parents

It is all one giant community to them.

8. You are always a part of Culture Fest at school

Plus your mom’s rice has to be better than the other ones.

9. Your friends want to try your food all the time

Sometimes I feel like they like me solely for my food.

10. Every other joke turns into a 3-hour lecture

You totally walked into that one.

11. If you make plans with friends, at least a week in advance

This is a very common sign for many families. When I was in high school, if I wanted to hang out with someone (even my best friends) or go somewhere that was not the grocery store or school, I had to notify my mom at least a week ahead. This annoyed me quite a bit especially when some of my friends would want to hang out that night or the next day. But now that I am an adult,

12. Your parents are not afraid to wake you during the night to clean

Sleep? What is sleep? That is not a thing when the dishes are dirty.

13. Constant update of where, when, what, who

Might as well put your location on….no, do not actually do that.

Cover Image Credit: Deb Greengold

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The 17 Best Unpopular Opinions From The Minds Of Millennials

Yes, dogs should be allowed in more places and kids in less.

There are those opinions that are almost fact because everyone agrees with them. Waking up early is horrible. Music is life. Sleep is wonderful. These are all facts of life.

But then there are those opinions that hardly anyone agrees with. These ones -- from Twitter, Pinterest and Reddit -- are those types of opinions that are better left unsaid. Some of these are funny. Some are thought-provoking. All of them are the 17 best unpopular opinions around.

1. My favorite pizza is Hawaiian pizza.

2. Binge watching television is not fun and actually difficult to do.

3. I love puns... Dad jokes FTW.

4. Milk in the cup first... THEN the bloody tea.

5. I wish dogs were allowed more places and kids were allowed fewer places.

6. "Space Jam" was a sh*t movie.

7. Saying "money cannot buy happiness" is just wrong.

8. People keep saying light is the most important thing in photographing. I honestly think the camera is more important.

9. Bacon is extremely overrated.

10. Literally, anything is better than going to the gym.

11. Alternative pets are for weird people.

12. Google doodles are annoying.

13. It is okay to not have an opinion on something.

14. It's weird when grown adults are obsessed with Disney.

15. This is how to eat a Kit Kat bar.

16. Mind your own business.

17. There is such a thing as an ugly baby.

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I Won't Forgive The Anti-Semitic Students Of Spain Park, Not Yet

Maybe it isn't time for an apology.


I am Jewish. It is something I have never been afraid of and something I value as much in life as I do with my family and friends. Throughout my life, though I have witnessed hate of the Jewish people and jokes made about Jewish people.

In high school, I had to listen to jokes about Jews and the gas chambers and was asked because I was Jewish if I could do someone else's math homework.

To say I had to deal with anti-Semitism in the South does not come close to describing what I had to go through. As time went by the jokes stopped and I thought I would not have to deal with instances of prejudice or bigotry but I was wrong. Growing up as one of the only Jewish people in my friend group and in high school it made me consider myself strong and ready for college but in my freshman year I had to go through other jokes about my religion and even in sophomore year had to witness someone I thought was my friend make a joke about my religion because "he thought it was funny."

I let the instances of anti-Semitism serve as times when I could prove people wrong I learned to forgive and forget.

But I had to witness other acts of hate towards Judaism while in college. From swastikas on a fraternity house, a synagogue shooting, the BDS movement and more hate speech, the hate towards Jews have seemed to grow and I do not understand why. I get hurt each time I hear of an instance but it has not allowed me to view my Judaism any differently. However, there was an occurrence that has affected me in a different way.

It happened in my home state and it has not sat well with me.

On Monday a video surfaced of multiple high school students making anti-Semitic and anti-Black comments. The video featured a guy turning around the camera multiple times to show he was laughing and thought it was funny while others made comments about concentration camps, what would happen if Jews ruled the world and asking what the world would be like without the Holocaust. The students were from Spain Park in Birmingham and have gathered quite a reputation online.

To say I am filled with anger, disappointment, and embarrassment is an understatement.

This is my home state and these students are not only disrespecting the Jewish and Black people in the state of Alabama but throughout the US and possibly even in the world. I am hurt by this instance but I am not ready to forgive these students just yet.

After the video was leaked online some of the students sent messages to the person who uploaded the video apologizing. That I took as a mature gesture until I read the apology from the girl in the video. The apology asked if the user could remove the video because it would ruin her life and reputation. It was later found out that the female student is the daughter of the manager of the Toyota dealership in Hoover after the manager posted an apology.

Any remorse I had going for these students was now gone.

They were not sorry. They were sorry that they got caught and were facing consequences. They gave the apology that your parents made you say when you did not want to apologize. They did not care about who they had harmed or what they had said, they cared because they had to face consequences and they know that this mistake would follow them for the rest of their life.

I'm at a loss for words.

I don't know how to feel. I know someone will tell me I am overreacting but how am I supposed to approach this? What they said was wrong and there is no proper way to express frustration for it. I know people get offended by certain things but some things are not meant to be a joke. So I hope what you said was worth it and was fun to say because it will follow you for the rest of your life. Some lessons are best-learned overtime and it looks like you will have a chance to reflect on these events.

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