Friends: Move out when they're 18 with the full support of their parents.
Armenian 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.
Friends: When their mom visits them she brings a nice bundt cake and you sip coffee and chat.
Armenian 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.
Friends: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them and its usually only on special occasions.
Armenian Friends: Are not at all fazed when their dads come over, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00am and start pruning the trees with a chainsaw or renovating the garage.
Friends: You can leave your kids with them and you always worry if everything is going to be ok plus you have to feed them after you pick them up.
Armenian Friends: No problem, leave the kids there and if they get out of line the Armenian friend can set them straight...plus they get fed.
Friends: Always pay retail and look in the yellow pages when they need something done.
Armenian Friends: Just call their dad or uncle and ask for another dad's or uncle's phone number to get it done...cash deal, know whatI mean.
Friends: Will come over for cake and coffee and expect cake and coffee, no more.
Armenian Friends: Will come over for cake and coffee and expect lahmajoun, basturma, soujouk, media dolma, mante, a few bottles of wine, paklava, pecan pie, fruit, coffee and a few after dinner drinks...time permitting, there will be a late lunch as well.
Friends: Never ask for food
Armenian Friends: Are the reason you have no food.
Friends: Will say "hello"
Armenian Friends: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.
Friends: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
Armenian Friends: Call your parents Mom and Dad.
Friends: Have never seen you cry.
Armenian Friends: Cry with you.
Friends: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
Armenian Friends: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing and just being together.
Friends: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back.
Armenian Friends: Keep your stuff so long they forget it's yours.
Friends: Know a few things about you.
Armenian Friends: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
Friends: Would knock on your door.
Armenian Friends: Walk right in and say, "I'm home!"
Friends: Are for a while.
Armenian Friends: Are for life.
Friends: Will ignore this.
Armenian Friends: Will forward this.