Portuguese Problems

Portuguese Problems

"Call Your Tia Maria"

Portugal... a country celebrated for its rich Iberian culture and food, talented soccer players, breathtaking cities and villages, and being mistaken for a miniscule version of Spain.

Portuguese people are a unique specimen; you never know what to expect from them. With that being said, there are specific occurences that all Portuguese people can relate too. If you are a fellow Pork Chop, you most likely have experienced each of these issues at least once in your life. Just kidding... I KNOW you have.

1. "Are you Spanish?"

No, I am Portuguese. Say it with me...P-O-R-T-U-G-U-E-S-E from P-O-R-T-U-G-A-L. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt however, since Portugal and Spain were at one point the same nation under the same crown (hence why some Pork Chops may refer to themselves as Hispanic), and the cultures are basically one in the same.

2. Too Many Tia Maria's To Count

Everyone has a Tia Maria. Correction: Everyone has MORE than one Tia Maria. Need a babysitter? Tia Maria is available. Need someone to help plan a party? You have another Tia Maria. So many Tia Maria's you can't keep track of them.

3. You Are Automatically a HUGE Soccer Fan

We won the 2016 European Cup, we have Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho, and multiple futebol rivalries. If you don't like soccer, than you have to at least act like you do... or else.

4. You Actually Help Your Mom Clean the House

Just kidding. You might think you do but she's always complaining about how no one helps her. Same goes for the cooking.

5. The Son Can Borrow the BMW But the Daughter Can't

"Why do you need the BMW? To go shopping? Read a book and do homework." Also, can we take the time to try to understand why most Pork Chops own a BMW?

6. "Stop Yelling"

"I'm Portuguese, this is my inside voice."

7. Always the Last Ones to Arrive

If you want us to arrive at 6:30, then tell us to come at 6...we will arrive at 6:30.

But in the end, no matter how stressful (and hard) it might be to be Portuguese, deep down, we all love it (plus all the vacations back to the Motherland).

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A Letter To The Grandpas Who Left Far Too Soon

The thoughts of a girl who lost both of her grandpas too early.

Dear Grandpa,

As I get older, my memories are starting to fade. I try to cling to every last bit of memory that I have of you. There are certain memories that have stuck well in my brain, and I probably will never forget them, at least I hope I don't. I remember your smile and your laugh. I can still remember how your voice sounded. I never want to forget that. I catch myself closing my eyes to try to remember it, playing your voice over and over in my head so that I can ingrain it in my memory.

I always thought you were invincible, incapable of leaving me. You were so young, and it caught us all by surprise. You were supposed to grow old, die of old age. You were not supposed to be taken away so soon. You were supposed to see me graduate high school and college, get married to the love my life, be there when my kids are born, and never ever leave.

My heart was broken when I heard the news. I don't think I had experienced a pain to that level in my entire life. At first, I was in denial, numb to the thought that you were gone. It wasn't until Thanksgiving, then Christmas, that I realized you weren't coming back. Holidays are not the same anymore. In fact, I almost dread them. They don't have that happy cheer in the air like they did when you were alive. There is a sadness that hangs in the air because we are all thinking silently how we wished you were there. I hope when I am older and have kids that some of that holiday spirit comes back.

You know what broke my heart the most though? It was seeing your child, my parent, cry uncontrollably. I watched them lose their dad, and I saw the pain that it caused. It scared me, Grandpa, because I don't ever want to lose them like how they lost you. I can't imagine a day without my mom or dad. I still see the pain that it causes and how it doesn't go away. There are good days and there are bad days. I always get upset when I see how close people are to their grandparents and that they get to see them all the time. I hope they realize how lucky they are and that they never take it for granted. I wish I could have seen you more so that I could have more memories to remember you by.

I know though that you are watching over me. That is where I find comfort in the loss. I know that one day I will get to see you again, and I can't wait for it. I hope I have made you proud. I hope that all that I have accomplished and will accomplish makes you smile from ear to ear. I hope that the person I marry is someone you would approve of. And I hope that my kids get more time with their grandpa than I did because the amount I got wasn't fair.

I want to say thank you for raising your child to be the best parent ever because they will one day be the best grandparent ever. Just like you.

Cover Image Credit: Katelyn McKinney

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To The Friends I Never Thought I’d Have, Not To Be Dramatic But You're The Best Thing In My Life

I had no idea back then that you would mean so much to me now.

Dear close female college friends,

I know that isn’t exactly the best way to start an emotional letter about how much you all mean to me but cut me some slack you all know I’m not the best with emotions. In my defense there really is no better way to describe what you are to me. You are my female college friends. But you’re also so much more than that.

In all honesty, I didn’t really have many close female friends before I started college. It wasn’t that I didn’t want them. I just didn’t have them. But then I meet you. I meet you in the library and in a coffee shop and while living with you. Looking back, I can’t help but laugh that such significant friendships started in such mundane ways. I had no idea back then that you would mean so much to me.

Honestly, I never thought you would. I enjoyed your company but I never thought I could make such a deep connection. I never realized that people could be so supportive and so kind. I never thought that I could open up to people like I have opened up to you.

Because of you, I have knocked down walls within myself I didn’t know I could. I have told you thing I have never told other. All because I know you care. You mean the world. Without you, I would not be the person I am today. Your love and compassion have shocked me to my core. I didn’t know I could ever feel this loved or supported.

So thank you. Thank you for spending hours on the couch watching movies with me. Thank you for always making me laugh. Thank you for spending tortious amounts of hours at the library with me. Thank you for making me smile when I’m sad. Thank you for encouraging me. Thank you for listening. Thank you for holding me while I cried. Thank you all for all that you do. It means the world.

All my love,

Your close college female friend

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