Just last week a new hashtag bundle was revolving the internet along the lines of #GrowingUpWith. The one that attracted our attention most was the #GrowingUpArab hashtag. We found a bevy of sarcastically accurate tweets and representations of what it’s like to live in a Middle eEstern community throughout our childhood, graciously fitted into no more than 140 characters!
#GrowingUpArab Having to hold your dad or uncle back from getting in a fight at a wedding.
— Araby Alaeddin (@arabshassan) July 26, 2015
#GrowingUpArab when you have guests over and your mom pulls out the 10k gold diamond encrusted tea set. — bubble
(@AmedoMadi) July 25, 2015
#GrowingUpArab watching your dad slap every watermelon at the store
— August 31 (@Noraaaltamimi) July 20, 2015
#GrowingUpArab listening to Amr Diab to get over your ex from 6th grade 😔
— John R. Habashy (@JHabashy15) July 20, 2015
#GrowingUpArab going home early when you were little so your mom can watch her mosalsalet on tv till 1am
— ♛ (@farah_619) July 17, 2015
#GrowingUpArab turkish shows translated into Arabic.
— Sereen saleh (@saleh_sereen28) July 17, 2015
#GrowingUpArab your parents telling you “inshallah” every time you ask them for something
— Ahmad Mahmoud (@AhmadTheKid) July 17, 2015
#GrowingUpArab when you go out with a friend&your parents need to know who it is, what their dad’s profession is, & the village they’re from
— Hana Sharif (@_hanasharif) July 17, 2015
#GrowingUpArab you were always asked by your friends how to swear in Arabic
— . (@PaliNextDoor) July 16, 2015
#GrowingUpArab my dad curses himself more than he curses me when I do something wrong
— nour alami (@noudledeen20) July 16, 2015
#GrowingUpArab saying hi to some relative you don’t even know and they’re like “oooohhhh mashallah you’re all grown up”
— فاطمة (@Fa6ma_alsarraf) July 22, 2015
#GrowingUpArab when ur American friends come over and get scared of the shatafa
— *Maura* (@SumoulM) July 16, 2015
#GrowingUpArab not being able to go to sleepover at your friend’s bc she has a brother
— Lina✨ (@LinaAsaad4) July 19, 2015
We’re guessing most of these rang true for you and left you chuckling. For us, these things are so commonplace they’re like an unspoken holy book of rules for Middle Eastern households.