“When mom makes pizza rolls” is the perfect meme. It blends nostalgia with cultural relevance in a way few memes can. It’s also become a staple in the world of sports, because we will always see excited players and fans:
when mom makes pizza rolls pic.twitter.com/61NIspmxO6— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) April 20, 2017
The pizza roll is an old friend — a symbol of when your childhood was magical. You never had control of meal times, and if you weren’t blessed with parents who had culinary skills, well, the pizza roll was your escape. It didn’t matter that you only got them on a night when your mom just couldn’t give an eff anymore — it was your night to have something special.
There’s just one problem: Other cultures don’t have the same attachment to pizza rolls as the U.S. does. Other countries certainly have access to pizza rolls, but they don’t carry the same nostalgia for kids who grew up in the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s. But memes are fun, and the construction of “when mom makes” resonates with everyone, regardless of your background.
We’re left with a meme that had changed around the world -- and they’re amazing:
When your mom makes orange juice in front of you before bukan puasa pic.twitter.com/6BNxL75C22— zahid sofian (@muhdzahidsofian) June 16, 2017
When your friend's ma (aka Other Mum) makes the stir fry veggie just for you pic.twitter.com/DegzB9mA9h— Amber Joy (@quirkysmiless) May 29, 2017
When you say you want 18 potato wedges and your mum actually makes them pic.twitter.com/bOF4zjttdt— Khadijah✨ (@tiredartfriend) June 7, 2017
It’s also used in the negative. This is a food people don’t like, or a difficult food situation — always accompanied by a sad GIF:
Me when my mum makes fish stew https://t.co/4ZzG56T75L— I think le fuque not (@CallienteAnne) June 8, 2017
When your mum makes a roast dinner with no roast potatoes pic.twitter.com/Iqdh2Kigtq— Linzi (@Linzi_Dunham) June 4, 2017
When your mom makes rellenos de papa and you feel like eating ten of them, but remember you have to fit in your dresses for the weddings.. pic.twitter.com/rfWBFYtmUQ— Neyi (@Yahneissi) June 15, 2017
When your mum makes you quorn chicken nuggets pic.twitter.com/Du2wGEiMm1— Ben Wheeldon (@benwheeldon1) June 15, 2017
when your mum makes you drink aadrak wali chaa pic.twitter.com/HjLiaEWnRz— m (@mandypandy_) June 13, 2017