Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I grew up in a town that was at least 90% Italian. I am not Italian. The surrounding towns were similar and were commonly referred to as the "Pasta Triangle" by everyone in these towns. The term "guido" was a commonly used term growing up. Think of the Sopranos. That's what my hometown was like to a large degree. Most of the landmarks you saw on the show were close to my house. One of the characters even LIVED in my town on the show. I don't think unless you grow up around it you truly understand the culture. Anyway, you will see how this all ties in together in a second.
I bought the boys new undershirts today. I realized when I got them home I had not picked up T-shirts but the tank top style undershirts. I referred to them as "guinny tees" but realized quickly I should probably not teach the boys to call them by that name. It was such a funny moment because I have always called them "ginny tees". Anyone I know growing up called them the same. Whether they were Italian or not. It was just what they were called. I haven't really thought about it for a long time. Sometimes they were referred to as "wife beaters". Back in the day, I never even thought about it. But man, how horrible is that?
All this to say, I never realized how politically incorrect the term "ginny tee" was until I accidently brought them home for the boys. For some reason I can't even look at the boys in them without chuckling. Brings back lots of memories of boys from my home town. Lots of summers at the Jersey Shore. Lots of gold chains around the necks. Lots of "how you doin'?" and "Fuggedaboutits" Ahhh....to be young again.
Not sure if you will find the pictures as amusing as me but if you are from North Jersey..... I am sure you will appreciate it!