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The Pros & Cons of Growing Up Latino/American

Pro.

Your friends always wanted to eat at your house, which meant your mom had the best food!

Con.

Your friends always wanted to eat at your house, which meant no privacy!

Pro.

Family parties at your house meant literally mayhem was about to ensue, and always ended in manhunt to a soundtrack of Marc Anthony or Gilberto Santa Rosa.

Con.

Family parties at a family members house meant there was no way you were ever getting home before sunrise. But as soon as you got to know that kid who was a total tool, ate all the arroz con gandules and started having fun, your mom would say it’s time to go.

Pro.

You always fit in with your black friends and white friends.

Con.

Both your black friends and your white friends would make fun of you for being brown.

Pro.

You were always the most well behaved around adults because you were just raised that way, and your mom would have beat you if it got back to her that you were disrespectful to an adult.

Con.

Your mom knew everything. She was a ninja.

Pro.

Your dad worked just hard enough to get you whatever you wanted. But that doesn’t mean you got it. You still had to work for it.

Con.

Your dad thought school taught you everything…Literally everything.

Pro.

When it came time for high school girls thought you were “exotic”.

Con.

Girl’s dads didn’t like that much, luckily your parents taught you to be well mannered.

Pro.

There are tons of loans and grants just because you are “hispanic american”

Con.

Those have higher interest rates than the ones for white people.

Pro.

Family was always instilled in you since birth. You knew no one else was more important than family, and you would do anything for them, and likewise they would do anything for you. They have seen your biggest flaws, your ugliest moments and your craziest times yet they still love you unconditionally. Even if they yell at you at rapid speeds.

What part of growing up Latino/American did I miss?

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One thought on “The Pros & Cons of Growing Up Latino/American”

  1. Joni Maust says:

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!

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