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15 Sayings Greek Mothers Tell Their Children

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Nia Vardalos and Lainie Kazan in ”My Big Fat Greek Wedding” movie

Greek mothers tend to be somewhat “traditional” when it comes to their kids, constantly repeating a few cliched sayings that make kids laugh while putting their teeth on edge.

The relationship between a son or a daughter and a Greek mother is something that goes beyond imagination!

Is it because of the social circumstances of Greek society? Is it the climate? The special temperament of Greeks? Who knows.

The point is, without the legendary, iconic ‘Greek mother,’ Greeks would simply be completely different people.

And, as we can imagine, this special relationship comes with some special ways of communication—certain sayings that only a Greek mother says to her children regardless of how old the son or daughter is or whether or not they’ve heard it all a million times before.

So let’s take a look at the fifteen most common sayings a Greek mother says to her children:

1. “If you do/say this again I’ll have a heart attack!”
– Because guilt is best used by Greek mothers…

2. “There is no ‘why’! It’s because I said so.”
– She’s right, she’s your mother…

3. “Wear a clean pair of underwear. Should you get injured and brought to the hospital, what would the nurses say?”

– They wouldn’t pay attention to the blood and to the fact that you’re dying, but they will notice your dirty underwear. But, who knows, one of the nurses may become your future wife…

4. “You’re like your father.”
– He’s to blame for everything bad that happens, including a possible alien invasion.

5. “Do you know what time you came home last night?”
– Of course your Greek mother sure does!

6. “Won’t you become a father / mother one day? I hope your children will do to you the same things you’ve done to me.”
– Family justice must be served…

7. “Stop walking barefoot on the floor or you’ll get a cold.”
– Every Greek mother has graduated from med school and everyone in the house knows that.

8. “Go on grouching and you’ll see what will happen. I brought you into this world, and I can kill you.”
– Careful—she really feels she is within her rights!

9. “When I was your age, I already had two children.”
– When she was your age, it was 1960—Kennedy was alive and Elizabeth was still Queen of England. Things have changed. Well, almost changed.

10. “Call your aunt, it’s her birthday today.”
– A Greek mother always pays attention to events which could upset the family harmony and will instruct you to call even if you only speak to your aunt once a year on her birthday.

11. “Take a coat or you’ll fall sick.”
– Even if it’s mid-summer outside, a sudden snowstorm could always be around the corner. You never know.

12. – “Are you hungry?”
      – “No.”
      – “Fine, I’ll make you something anyway.”
– A Greek mother has highly developed intuition and always knows that secretly you’re hungry but you’re just afraid to admit it.

13. “Eat something! All that is left of you is skin and bones.”
– A Greek mother’s sense of perception, however, is not always overly accurate.

14. “Why must I do everything around here?”
– Hmm…Because when we ask you what needs to be done, you say “nothing.”

15. “Call me when you get there.”
– Even if you go to your friends house two blocks away…

Greek mothers. Annoying or just super-caring? Who cares? We love you anyway, just the way you are!

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