Wednesday, June 10, 2009
(My daughter, Lizzy.)
I got this an an email--thought it was cute...
American kids: Move out when they're 18 with the full support of their parents.
Portuguese kids: Move out when they're 28, having saved enough money for a house, and are two weeks away from getting married.....unless there's room in the basement for the newlyweds.
American kids: When their Mom visits them, she brings a Bundt cake, and you sip coffee and chat.
Portuguese kids: When their Mom visits them, she brings 3 days worth of food, begins to tidy up, dust, do the laundry, and rearrange the furniture.
American kids: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them, and it's usually only on special occasions..
Portuguese kids: Are not at all fazed when their dads show up, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00, and starts pruning the fruit trees. If there are no
fruit trees, he'll plant some.
American kids: Always pay retail, and look in the Yellow Pages when they need to have something done.
Portuguese kids: Call their dad or uncle, and ask for another dad's or uncle's phone number to get it done.
American kids: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get only cake and coffee. No more.
Portuguese kids: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get linguisa, wine, sweet bread, malasada, salad,
and a few after dinner drinks.
American kids: Will greet you with 'Hello' or 'Hi'.
Portuguese kids: Will give you a big hug, a kiss on your cheek, and a pat on your back.
American kids: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs. E
Portuguese kids: Call your parents Mom and Dad.
American kids: Have never seen you cry.
Portuguese kids: Cry with you.
American kids: Will eat at your dinner table and leave..
Portuguese kids: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, and just being together.
American kids: Know few things about you.
Portuguese kids: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
American kids: Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soft mushy white bread.
Portuguese kids: Eat sweet bread and liguisa (for breakfast).
American kids: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
Portuguese kids: Will kick the whole crowds' ass who left you behind.
American kids: Think that being Portuguese is cool.
Portuguese kids: Know that being Portuguese is cool.
American kids: Will ignore this.
Portuguese kids: Will forward it
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