Here are nine things all moms and mob bosses have in common:
1. Both are always packin'
A good mom is always packin' -- she's packin' lunches, extra diapers, Band-Aids, sunscreen and whatever else might be needed. You name it, she's got it.
Oh, and she's also always packin' her trusty key-chain pepper spray. Don't mess.
2. Both "know a guy"
Whether it's to fix the dryer or clean the carpet, every mom knows a guy. His name and number are on the fridge next to a coupon for $10 off his next visit --- though she'll talk that up to $15 by the time she pays.
3. Both constantly have money on their mind
The mob boss is always looking for ways to bring in more cash, while moms try to make what little green they have last longer. Senior accountants wish they could stretch a dollar like most maternal beings do on the daily.
Coupons, discounts, promo codes, reward points and referral bonuses are just a few of the many methods moms use to pull off such a seemingly impossible operation.
4. Both can appreciate a good rat (tattletale)
Something went wrong down on the docks. Someone tracked mud throughout the entire house. These are the kind of things the boss needs to know. And make no mistake, they will find out who's responsible. There is always a snitch willing to talk; usually it's the youngest. Moms and mobsters both share that uncanny ability to stare someone down until they crack.
5. Both know how to get blood out of a shirt
This is a highly underrated, but essential, skill. Though the cause of the stain might be different, both moms and mob bosses know how to get the red out of the threads. Their secret: Cold water and hydrogen peroxide. Maybe even some ammonia if things get real messy. Then it's gone forever. Forget about it.
6. Both have mad skills when driving the getaway car
Be it a mom's minivan or a mobster's Rolls Royce, it really doesn't matter. Both serve the same purpose: efficient transportation.
The boss is king of the road. She knows every back road and side alley in town. Running late for piano lessons or soccer practice? No problem. Mom will defy the theory of relativity and find a way to get you there on time while still obeying all traffic laws. Buckle up.
7. Both know how to deal with loan sharks
That crazy librarian keeps calling about overdue library fines. The kids' yearbook fees have to be in by next week and that overly persistent little girl scout just won't quit.
These loan sharks would strike fear into the heart of any mob boss, but they don't scare moms. Mom knows how to deal with them and she'll find a way to make sure they all get paid --- and she'll even do it without sending her boys after them.
8. Both are experts when it comes to fine Italian cuisine.
Chances are you won't find any pasta e fagioli, tortellini or bruschetta in your average mom's kitchen; but you can definitely count on finding pizza, spaghettios and an unlimited supply of angel hair pasta.
9. Both understand that family is everything
Of all the things they have to worry about, nothing is more important than family to moms and mob bosses alike. Nothing. If you mess with one, you mess with all.
Moms ensure that everyone is looked after and taken care of. A mom will fight for her children at all costs. Vinny won't even protect his cousin like a mother will defend her kids. Real talk.