There's nothing quite like an Egyptian mum; from their elaborate hand gestures to the looks of disapproval every time you get a new outfit, they're a special breed...
While it's never good to generalise, some stereotypes exist for a reason. That is not to say that every Egyptian mother does this sort of thing, however it'd be fair to assume from experience that most Egyptian mothers are unique and special that way.
TALK IN RHYMES WHEN THEY DON’T LIKE WHAT YOU’RE SAYING
You: Mama I want to go to the nady. Mum: Wala nady wala zabady. It's like they're all budding singer-songwriters.
ALWAYS GIVES THE STINK EYE TO ANY GIRL/BOY YOU’RE DATING, MID-INTERROGATION.
While dads are straightforward and stern, mothers tend to be a little subtler about their hatred to 90% of anyone you ever introduce her to.
USING GESTURES INSTEAD OF ACTUAL WORDS
This became evident to us as we watched a Sobky film on mute; there wasn’t much else going on the shot except for the woman gestating wildly.
ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE IF YOU'RE MARRIED
If you’re in a Halal relationship, you will be asked about your sex life in the most disturbing way, in hopes of knowing when you will conceive.
This is usually followed by the usual guilt trip phrases if you say no. Don't you know I slaved over a hot stove to make your favourite dish?
This is why they loved Falcon Crest, and Days Of Our lives as well as all the other Turkish soaps that have a knack for the overly dramatic; this fascination of course spills into all the other areas of their lives.
If you don’t think this happens, think again. Remember landlines and the days where they were able to master the technique of picking up the other telephone set when you’re in mid convo without you noticing, then later shake their mouth from side to side at the audacity that is you?
TALK FONDLY OF SISI
While this is not every mother most of them love our president and have nothing but strong romantic feelings towards the lion of Egypt.
MAKE FUN OF YOUR NEW LOOK
In all honesty, you had it coming.