“There are two kinds of people…
…Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.”
So says the character of Gus Portokalos in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
And so says my father, Dimitrios Botzios.
Yes that’s him in the pictures, complete with gold chain, guitar (all Greeks are musicians), and a fashionable 80’s ‘tache. I’m glad to report that the ‘tache has since long been removed.
My father taught me many things, (mainly Greek expletives) and continues to enlighten me with new facts to this day.
For example: (the following should be read with a Greek accent)
- “If you have toothache, you should rub ouzo onto the gum.” (Only ouzo will do.)
- “A soft boiled egg should always be cooked for 4 minutes (from the moment it touches the boiling water). Otherwise it will be hard boiled egg.”
Fascinating stuff no?
It should be noted that you should know you’re Greek when:
- According to your father, every words derives from Greek origin
- Someone in your family owns any type of restaurant
- At some point you have been threatened/hit with a pandofla
- You are regularly spat on by relatives to ward off the evil spirits
- At some point in your life you waited tables
- Your main goal in life is to “get married and make babies”
- You still live with your parents
- Bread accompanies every meal
- Your last name ends with: ‘opolos‘, ‘os‘, ‘as’ or ‘is‘
- You expect at least 500 people at your wedding
- You only holiday in the homeland because let’s face it, there is no need to visit the rest of the world
- The words “I’m not hungry” bear no meaning whatsoever
- Your father is always right
My father is most definitely ALWAYS right. Well, at least I let him think he is.
What can I say, I’m a daddy’s girl at heart 🙂