My parents sent this to me and for once, it was an e-mail that was both funny and true. I read it to my American husband and he also agreed it was dead on.
Just for fun, I’ve made the American kids lines blue and the Russian-American kids’ ones, what else? Red.
American kids: Move out when they’re 18, with the full (emotional) support of their parents.
Russian-American Kids: Move out when they’re 28, having saved enough money for a house, and are two weeks away from getting married.
American kids: When their Mom visits them, she brings a Bundt cake, and they sip coffee and chat.
Russian-American 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.
Russian-American 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, and will build a deck while he is at it.
American kids: Always pay retail, and look in the Yellow Pages when they need to have something done.
Russian-American Kids: Call their dad or uncle, and ask for another Russian-American Kid’s dad’s or uncle’s phone number to get it done.
American kids: Will come over their parent’s house for cake and coffee, and get cake and coffee.
Russian-American Kids: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get borsht, vodka, a salad olivye’, a choice of two meats, bread, a dish of babushka’s desert and fruit (and as much to take home after).
American kids: Know a few things about their parents.
Russian-American Kids: Could write a book with direct quotes from them.
American kids: Think that being Russian is cool.
Russian-American Kids: KNOW that being Russian is cool.