You know your family is a bunch of freaks, but you probably didn't realize quite how freaky until you got out into the world and realized that all the things they did you thought were normal are actually beyond bizarre. It may be a tough awakening, but it eventually becomes a bit of fun nostalgia. Hopefully. Any day now.
Podcast host Georgia Hardstark has a lot of followers on Twitter who she's willing to get vulnerable with. She asked people to share what family behaviors they realized were weird after they fled the nest. Hers is pretty cute, honestly:
What’s a weird thing your family did that you thought was normal till you moved out? We kept birthday candles in the freezer.— Georgia Hardstark (@GHardstark) April 19, 2018
Give us the dirt, Georgia!
But most folks chose to share their funny family stuff, like holiday traditions:
Once my brother and I figured out the Santa thing, all of our Christmas presents suddenly started to be from living AND deceased pets. It isn't really Christmas until I've received a wrapped gift from, "Ghost of Eeyore the parakeet."— No Shoes (@noshoes039) April 19, 2018
We had a “Valentines Day Frog”. Like the Easter bunny or Santa. My mom just really liked giving us presents.— Noremac Nolab (@cameronsxxx) April 19, 2018
I didn’t know it wasn’t a thing until I dormed in college!! I was like “My Mom still gives us gift from the valentines frog isn’t that silly?” And my friends were like “THE WHAT?!??”— Noremac Nolab (@cameronsxxx) April 19, 2018
I thought Thanksgiving was a costume holiday until I was 15 because we all dressed in full pilgrim regalia.— Furball (@dickfacecat) April 19, 2018
It’s true. I was invited to my friend’s Thanksgiving and asked if I could borrow a wool vest because mine didn’t fit any more. Got some looks.— Furball (@dickfacecat) April 19, 2018
We left bourbon for Santa instead of milk. Didn’t realize that wasn’t normal until I was a teenager.— Kathleen Ferner (@Kathleany) April 19, 2018
And a lot of the stories focused on storage. Also, everyone keeps things fresh differently (and unnecessarily):
The dishwasher was used strictly for storage. Not dishes either, just random shit— Philip Stroh (@Strohbo32) April 19, 2018
Omg, my grandma used to keep potatoes in the clothes dryer. She would only hang dry clothes.— Rebecca Koch (@BeccingtonBear) April 19, 2018
Some people don't want to change even after they learn better:
my family always kept butter on the counter so it would be soft & spreadable for toast in the morning. when i lived with my ex, he threw away a brand new container of butter i had set out overnight because he was scared of food+germs. it was a sore spot & it STILL IS.— Julie Z (@mammothwheat) April 19, 2018
GIRL i know. call me dramatic, but i'd rather get food poisoning than wait forever to butter my toast.— Julie Z (@mammothwheat) April 19, 2018
Some shared some pretty sweet memories:
Every morning we gathered in my parents room for a cup of tea and to discuss what we were all doing for the rest of the day.— Ariadne Griffin (@Ariadne_Griffin) April 19, 2018
Today: I'm going to work. Fart around online. Get nothing done. Then frantically get some work done at 7PM.— Cecilia Loos (@CCLoos) April 19, 2018
I can't tell if you're joking or reading me to filth because THAT IS LITERALLY WHAT HAS HAPPENED TODAY. (everyday this week)— Ariadne Griffin (@Ariadne_Griffin) April 19, 2018
Then there's the hygiene and etiquette categories.
No joke. Bathing everyday. I have so many friends that don’t shower/bathe everyday. Everyone in my family does and it was expected and normal. Went to college and was totally shocked.— Dr. OG (@TheRealDrOG8) April 19, 2018
Only 3 reasons to go through the front door, and all 3 times you're carried. New born, newly married, and dead.— sartreuse swizzle (@srahv15) April 19, 2018
Family Dinner "cuss out" we could say whatever horrible words we wanted for 3 minutes 1ce a month at dinner (simultaneously), then couldn't curse the rest of the month— BeccaPants (@BeccaHandel) April 19, 2018
Most food never expired, including the Hershey’s syrup that we kept in the cabinet (not fridge!!) for... years?— Jess Levasseur (@jessica1317) April 19, 2018
We stick our heads under the faucet when we want a quick drink of water. The HORROR on my new college friend's face when she took me home and I did it in front of her parents.— hannah reis nation (@hannahrreis) April 19, 2018
And there were a few people planning ahead—they want to make sure their kids have stories to tell someday.
So sad to know one day that child will be an adult looking for a special freezer snowman in every fridge, only to be disappointed. Be careful what you teach your kids!