25 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Obsession with Poland

I love PolandBeing Polish is fun. For some of us it’s too much fun and we’re obsessed. It’s not our fault; it’s just the way things are. Here are 25 signs you love Poland a little too much.

1. You constantly remind people that the word “pierogi” is already plural and should not be pronounced “pierogies.”

2. You have both a Polish flag car mirror ornament and a Polska bumper sticker.
And a Polish flag key chain.

3. You observe both Fat Tuesday and Fat Thursday by eating mounds of pączki because you know you’re Polish and are special that way.

4. You buy that carbonated water stuff cause it’s big in the Motherland.

5. When the other kids drink Juicy Juice, you pull out the Tymbark carton (grape is the best).

paczki-basket6. You use Amol to cure everything because it cures everything.

7. You subscribe to Crazy Polish Guy (why else would you?)

8. You have visited more places in Poland than you have in your home country.

9. You follow Poland’s team fanatically in the World Cup even when they lose, in which case you are distraught for days.

10. You bring unpronounceable Polish beers to parties and feel more sophisticated as a result.

11. Homemade kompot is your refreshment of choice during the summer.

12. You jam to RMF FM at work causing your boss to question your national loyalties.

13. You understand that the Polish Winged Hussars were the coolest fighting force the world has ever seen.

John III Sobieski14. You take every opportunity to defend Poland’s achievements and contributions to the world. Nicholas Copernicus anyone?

15. Your dream dinner consists of pierogi, łazanki, kiełbasa, gołąbki, kapusta and naleśniki. Don’t forget kołaczki for dessert.

16. You know how to pronounce all the aforementioned foods.

17. You make Poland and Polish topics a conversation starter whenever possible, especially when meeting new people.

18. You ask people if they’re Polish when they have a Polish-sounding last name then proceed to talk about how awesome Poland is.

19. You bring Prince Polo chocolate bars to work as your lunch dessert.

20. You’re always at least a little bit germaphobic because your family made you that way.Kielbasa

21. You can name at least three types of Polish vodka off the tip of your tongue.

22. You rave about the local Polish store without ever calling it by its actual name. It’s just the Polish store.

23. When you’re in a group of people you don’t know playing a “break the ice” game, you say you speak Polish.

24. You understand that “no” means yes (only true Poles will get this).

25. You think about Poland several times per day in multiple contexts.

Have any more? Share them in the comments!

Weaving Polish Pride: Connecticut Sisters Share their Love for the Motherland

Many children of immigrants lose their parents’ cultural identity, and with it, the language, customs and traditions brought over from the old world. In fact, many immigrants themselves often turn away from where they came from to fit into their new country.

The trick is, whether you’re an immigrant, or the child of one, to embrace your new country while also preserving your roots. It’s a trick that sisters Anna and Patricia Lakomy of Connecticut have mastered.

Daughters of Polish political refugees, the Lakomy sisters were born in Brooklyn, New York before moving to the Constitution State. “Being Polish is a huge part of our identity” says Patricia, who is currently in college. Her older sister, Anna, works as a market researcher.

The sisters attribute their strong Polish pride to the way they grew up. “We were always closely connected to Poland,” explains Patricia. “Our mom is from Elbląg and our dad is from Sanok, and we would visit those places very often as children.”

Stateside, the girls attended Polish school, spoke the language at home, ate the food and prayed in Polish churches. “I think that whether you embrace your Polish heritage comes down to the environment you’re raised in,” says Patricia, admitting that all too often the people who forget their traditions are the ones who weren’t truly exposed to them to begin with.

Polish sisters
Anna (left) and Patricia (right) Lakomy are passionate about sharing their Polish heritage with others.

Sharing Polish pride through clothing

The Lakomy’s Polish pride is so huge, they’re wearing it on their sleeves—literally. The sisters founded Apolonia, a Polish apparel company focused on instilling their love of Poland in others through clothing.

“Apolonia provides a means for Polish Americans to share their Polish pride through what they wear,” says Anna, who created the first t-shirt for her husband. “After I designed a shirt depicting a half-Polish, half-American eagle, I realized this could become something bigger.”

One of the company’s signature shirts depicts red and white lips—the Polish flag’s colors. “We try and go for a subtle, youthful look for our t-shirts,” says Patricia. The sisters also offer iPhone cases with similar Polish designs.

Although motivated by their Polish roots, the sisters recognize that every country can instill the same level of national pride in its people. “We are considering creating t-shirts for other nationalities as well,” explains Patricia. “We see Apolonia becoming a means by which people of all cultures and traditions can express their national pride.”

In a sense, the sisters are making it cool to act Polish, or whatever nationality you are. “Being Polish is our passion, and, ultimately, we want everyone to feel that same passion for their heritage, no matter what it is,” says Patricia.

To browse the sisters’ online store, visit https://www.facebook.com/Apolonia.Community/