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  • 10 Reasons Italian Mammas are the Best

    Mom is always mom, especially when she's from the Boot
    Our Paesani

    By Francesca Di Meglio

    Italian mammas are the coolest around. They worship at the altar of you. Most of them will continue to cook and clean for you (and your spouse and kids) long after you leave the nest. They even do laundry, folks! And they will kick you know what in your defense at a moment's notice. But that's just the tip of the Boot. Here are 10 other reasons they're the best:

    10. Even now that she's of a certain age, she has the biggest and best hair of any woman you know.

    9. She thinks of herself as a young Sofia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida.

    8. You are a grown adult, but you still wince when you see her go for the wooden spoon. Said spoon helped make you the man or woman you are today.

    7. Her apron is her greatest fashion statement. Man, she makes it look good.

    6. She'll tell you that you are her greatest accomplishment, but you'll tell her that it's her eggplant parmigiana. You can't live without the stuff, in fact.

    5. No matter what crazy dreams you had as a child or adult, your mamma always believed in you, never gave up on you, and regularly told people – mostly other paesani – you were gonna make it.

    4. You are certain she'd give up her life for you. And the fact that she reminds you of this every single day doesn't have anything to do with that belief.

    3. Practically no one rivals her when it comes to making you feel guilty. How could you not show up at Christmas after her response to your decision to be with the in-laws was, "Andate. Andate. Provero di non muorire," which translates to, "You go. You go. I will try not to die?" Throwing her hand on her forehead as she said it only further proved her resemblance to Lollobrigida (or any actress really) and worked in getting you to stay. But I digress.

    2. Women want to be her. Men want to marry her. Period.

    And the No. 1 reason no one can best your Italian mamma is:

    1. Perhaps, only your puppy rivals mamma in her unconditional love for you.

    Di Meglio has written the Our Paesani column for since 2003. You can follow the Italian Mamma on Facebook or Twitter @ItalianMamma10.

    Article Published 5/04/15


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