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Beirut.com 26 Mar 2021

18 Ways Lebanese Mothers Show Love

Whether it’s tough love or pure love, it’s still love and this is how Lebanese mothers express it:

1. Forcing you to eat a kilo of Za’atar before an exam

Because we all know Za’atar gives your brain superhuman powers.

2. Judging all of your outfit choices…even your pajamas during quarantine

3. Cooking two of your favorite meals in one week

The best week of the year.

4. Not forcing you to say hi to your aunties every time they call

5. Being deeply concerned about your ripped jeans

Do you know what kind of impression you’re giving with those homeless pants?

6. Hating your boyfriend/girlfriend

And you’ll understand why when you break up.

7. Never letting you order food to the house

…and telling you to make a labne sandwich instead.

8. Constantly asking “waynak/waynik” when you’re out

9. Going out shopping for herself, but coming back with only bags of clothes for you

True love.

10. Getting you a doctor’s appointment even when you’re almost 30

11. Talking shit about you to your face, but bragging about you to her friends

Because if they showed you love to your face then they wouldn’t be helping you grow.

12. Forcing you to take a jacket with you everywhere you go

Even if it’s summer. And you’re going to the beach.

13. Going with you to the salon every time you decide to get a haircut

…and hovering over the coiffure to make sure he gets the exact haircut she wants for you.

14. Making you ginger tea when you have a stomach ache

15. Getting in the car with you and treating the ride like a near death experience

To make you focus on being a better driver, obviously.

16. Being ashamed to have birthed you every time she hears you curse

17. Putting your face as her profile picture on WhatsApp

Really zoomed in and horribly cropped, of course.

18. Having an Instagram account that’s solely dedicated to super close up photos of you and your siblings