Brown Parent Quirks: Comparing children

Brown parents have a habit of comparing their children to other relatives/friends/neighbors/colleagues offspring.

Typical conversations in our family.

Mom: You know my friend at work. Her daughter is 12 but cooks all the food at home. Look at you, you are so old but lazy.

Me: Mom, I am busy with school.

Mom: Busy? You just laze around. Go learn to cook some dal.

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Dad: You know our neighbor  I was talking to him and he has a daughter around your age. She is a pharmacist. You know she has a good job and makes lots of money.

Me: But, I love History and Political Science.

Dad: What will you do with a B.A? At least go to Teacher’s college?

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Both Parents (when they vacationed in India): We saw some of your childhood friends from India. They are so smart, mature and pretty. Look at you? Who will marry you?

Me: Who wants to get married? Not me. Nope.

Mom (Horrified): Don’t say that! You will get married. Not now but eventually. If you follow my advice, you will be healthy and pretty.

 

My parents are perpetually annoyed with me

 

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Brown Parent Quirks: Worrywarts

Mom calling on the phone: Beta, you are late today?

Me: Yeah, my classes just ended. I will get the bus soon.

Mom: Too late! Why will they have classes so late? Kids should be at home by 8pm, especially young girls.

Me: Mom, I am not a kid but an adult. Also, this is Toronto. There are plenty of people outside.

Mom: You are a kid. You are not an adult until I say so. When you get married, then we will see if you are an adult.

 

BTW, My mom worries about my safety even when I walk down the block. We will be moving to a new place in a month or so. Maybe she will stop worrying????

 

 

P.S: I woke up today feeling quite unwell. I have a stuffy nose, sore throat and itchy eyes. I don’t know if it is allergies? Anyhow, I will be going to see my family doctor. I may or may not have a post up tomorrow. I will see if I am feeling better.

Brown Parent Quirks: Being cheap

Mom: What did you get from the store?

Me: Oh, there was a shirt on sale.

Mom: How much?

Me: $20. Good price, right?

Mom: Too expensive. Should have waited a little longer. Could have gotten it for $5.Can you return it?

 

 

BTW, I have learned to love my parent’s frugality. Must concede that they are right most of the time.