I was born in Puerto Rico but raised in the United States, so I get the best of both worlds--Fireworks on the Fourth of July and lechon for Noche Buena. If you, like me, grew up in a Hispanic American household, you probably had some ‘splaining to do every time your friends came over.
Read on for 10 signs you grew up in a Hispanic American household!
1) You have a grandma that gives you twenty blessings before you get off the phone, and you only know what half of them mean…
2) Your mom always kept a random pot in the kitchen filled with used oil. Because that’s good oil, you can still re-use that!
3) Your mom also had life hacks and home remedies for any problem. She insists she’s always right. Unfortunately, she usually is. (Happy early Mother’s Day moms!)
4) You were never allowed to sleep over a friend’s house. Ever. By the time you got permission to sleep over anywhere, this was you…
5) You had last name problems. Like major. Is it hyphenated? Do you just have a weird middle name? The concept of two last names is beyond comprehension for pretty much everyone.
6) You had a piñata at all your childhood birthday parties. Every. Single. One. As a result, you’ve mastered some sort of intense candy gathering technique.
7) The first time people clapped when a plane landed, you were confused.
8) At some point, you’ve had to make up a word by either putting an ‘e’ in the beginning or ‘o’ at the end to keep the conversation going. El law school? Mis amigos del equipo de kickball-o?
9) Your household had a strict, “no meat, no meal” policy. ¿Qué vegetarian? ¿Qué es eso?
10) You’ve accidentally kissed a non-Hispanic person on the cheek before, and it was awkward.
These are just some of the reasons why it’s great to be Hispanic American!
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