Thanks to my friend Wilma for sending this to me. The email had "kids" as the comparison but I think these traits continue for a lifetime. I for one am witness to the 3 days of food, the pruning, planting, the long 'lets hang together for hours' meals...heck...the entire foody thing.
Here's the American kids vs. Italian kids list:
: Move out when they're 18 with the full support of their parents.
: 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.
: When their Mom visits them, she brings a Bundt cake, and you sip coffee and chat.
: When their Mom visits them, she brings 3 days worth of food, begins to tidy up, dust, do the laundry, and rearrange the furniture.
: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them, and it's usually only on special occasions.
: Are not at all fazed when their dads show up, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00, and starts prunin
: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get only cake and coffee. No more.
: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get antipasto, wine, a pasta dish, a choice of two meats, salad, bread, a cannoli, fruit, espresso, and a few after dinner drinks.