Friday, March 23, 2007

9 in 30 - Portuguese Friends

I received this as a forward the other day, from a friend who wanted to know if it was true (as I am, in fact, both Portuguese, and a friend)...I present it here with my comments (in parantheses):

FRIENDS: Move out when they're 18 with the full support of their Parents.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Move out when they're 28, having saved for that nice house and are a week away from getting married...unless there's room in the basement for the newlyweds. (probably true, true for me minus the getting married part, Portuguese parents NEVER want you to move out)

FRIENDS: When their Mom visits them she brings anice bunt cake and you sip coffee and chat.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: When their Mom visits them she brings 3 days worth of food and begins to immediately tidy up, dust, do the laundry or rearrange the furniture. (my mom IS NOT your typical Portuguese mom, but yes, this is true of most of the other Portuguese moms I've known)

FRIENDS: Their dads always call before they comeover to visit them and its usually only on special occasions.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Are not at all fazed when their dads come over, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and start pruning the trees or renovating the garage. (yep, this would probably be true of most Portuguese dads...even mine)

FRIENDS: You can leave your kids with them and you always worry if everything is going to be OK plus you have to feedthem after you pick them up.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: No problem, leave the kids there and if they get out of line the Portuguese friend can set them they get fed. (true)

FRIENDS: Always pay retail and look in the yellow pages when they need something done.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Just call their dad or uncle and ask for another dad's or uncle's phone number to get it deal, know what I mean. ( freakin' true)

FRIENDS: Will come over for cake and coffee and expect cake and coffee, no more.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Will come over for cake andcoffee and expect an antipasto, a few bottles of wine, a pasta dish, a choice of two meats, salad, bread, potatoes, a nice dessert cake, fruit, coffee and a few after dinner drinks...time permitting there will be a late lunch as well. (true, but we'll also bring most of the food and/or drinks with us when we arrive)

FRIENDS: Think that being Portuguese is a great thing.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Know that being Portuguese is a great thing (eh,

FRIENDS: Never ask for food.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Are the reason you have no food. (I don't know about this one...)

FRIENDS: Will say "hello"

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss. (very very true)

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and dad. (yep)

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.(well, that's not always true now)

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Cry with you. (oh yeah, we're big softies)

FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing and just being together. (very true, food is just the excuse to get together)

FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours. (HA! GUILTY!!!!)

FRIENDS: know a few things about you.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you. (true)

FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds' ass that left you. (SO SO SO true)

FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Walk right in an d say, "I'm home!" (yep)

FRIENDS: Are for a while.

PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Are for life. (I try to be anyway)

FRIENDS: Will ignore this.PORTUGUESE FRIENDS: Will FORWARD this (yep, but only after we have our say about it)

THE END. ;-)

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