20 Signs You Grew Up Latino

20 Signs You Grew Up Latino

Being Latino not only defines us, it makes us proud.
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As someone who comes from a Latino background (Mexican parents to be exact) I constantly find myself explaining my actions and traditions to others. Whether it be my loudness or random words in Spanish, I always find myself justifying myself to none Latinos. The reality is that Latinos have a very distinct way of acting and expressing themselves that comes as a result of how you are raised. Growing up in a Latino home was the best thing that I could have ever experienced. But for those who don't know what it is like growing up Latino or need a little reminder, here is a list of some signs that you grew up Latino.

1. Before you could walk or talk you were given a red bracelet to protect you against "mal de ojo" or evil eye.

2. You were sporting your best gold jewelry from a very young age.

3. Rather than growing up watching Disney Channel, you grew up watching children soap operas and shows in spanish. Like, who doesn't remember Alegrijes y Rebujos or Maya & Miguel?


4. You also grew up watching Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco was pretty much a part of your family. You even teared a little when the show came to an end.

5. You sat and watched all of the novelas your mom watched because you loved the drama and watching people slap and fight each other.

6. Whenever your mom was talking on the phone, she would force you to talk to your tio, tia, or grandmother and you were given the face if you didn't take the phone.

7. You knew never to walk around barefoot, unless you wanted a never ending argument with your mother. "Porqué te vas a enfermar" or "You're going to get sick."

8. Whenever you were sick, your mother or father gave you Vicks Vaporub, because Vicks cured everything.

9. There is a plastic bag full of bags somewhere in your home.

10. When you find a tin of cookies only to open them up and realize that there aren't any cookies inside. WHYYYYYY?!?!?

11. Latinos sure know how to recycle:

12. Baking in your house was never an easy task, you had to empty the oven before using it.

13. The only time the oven is actually used is for certain holidays, because emptying the oven is too much work. If only our ovens could be empty...

14. Christmas is December 25th? Sorry, I wouldn't know because Latinos celebrate Christmas December 24th. This means Santa brings us the better gifts right?

15. Rather, December 25th is "el dia del recalentado" or the day to eat leftovers from the 24th.

(Translation: December 25th: International day of reheated food)

16. You aren't Latino if you don't eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Eve.

17. Another New Year's eve tradition is that the color underwear you wear reflects your upcoming year.

18. When any type of family dinner turns into a party and goes on until about 4 a.m., because who needs sleep anyway?

19. Your house is full with these types of candles:

20. Latinos run on their own time. Be there for 8? I'll be there for 11.

But let's face it, regardless of how annoying it is to be constantly asked about our traditions and actions, it feels great to explain them because it lets us show how proud we are to be Latino.



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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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