Everyone comes to the party ... four hours after the arranged time. 1
You usually have to tell everyone the event begins two hours before it actually does so they'll be on time. Even then, many are late.
Your abuela is always worried about your health. 2
There's no such thing as walking around barefoot in a Latino household. Your abuela firmly believes that if you don't use socks, you'll end up with pneumonia.
Your mom always made sure you were prepared when you went out. 3
You always had a jacket or a sweater with you, even in the dead of summer, because your mom never stopped thinking you would get cold at some point.
The art of cooking is taken seriously in your family. 5
You are completely adept at preparing kick-ass tamales, arepas, pasteles, or any other typical dish that involves fitting as many calories into as tiny a portion possible.
Seasoning and flavor is a MUST in our food. 6
Food without adobo or chile is not food.
You have so many family members, it's hard to keep up. 7
When relatives visit, you meet cousins you've never seen before in your life, because you have about 490 of them spread all over the world. They come in large groups and make themselves at home in your living room for at least a month.
Talking to your mom on the phone is an experience. 8
People stare when you talk to your mom on the phone. For the record: No, we're not screaming or mad! THAT'S JUST HOW WE TALK!
Going out to eat with your family is an event! 9
The five-plus hours you spend at restaurants with your clan drives waiters crazy wherever you go.
Your parents did not play when it came to discipline. 11
You know the meaning of chancleta and el cinturón, but more importantly, you know their implications.
Quinceañeras were a big deal in your family. 12
You may be 42 years old, but your parents are still paying for the humongous quinceañera party they threw for you.
There were certain things your parents just didn't allow. 13
You had to lie to your non-Latino friends about not being able to sleep over at their house because your parents simply thought that entire concept was crazy.
Holidays were a little different for you. 14
You were dressed up as either el Chavo del Ocho, la Chilidrina, or el Chapulín Colorado for at least one Halloween.
Sometimes our family members party a little too hard. 15
One of your happy uncles/cousins/brothers may have by mistake passed out drunk during your wedding.
Some of our parents' ideals were a bit outdated. 16
They made you wash the dishes in your house all the time, but your brother was exempt from the chores because "he's a boy."
Grandmas swear they have the cure for everything. 18
Vicks VapoRub is used as the magical cure-all for everything from colds to burns to dry, cracked skin by everyone in your family.
Your parents had the best tricks to comfort you. 19
You heard "Sana, sana, colita de rana" every time you hurt yourself.
Your parents are always by your side. 20
And finally, your parents would give up anything just to give you everything you needed. They were determined to help you get ahead and raise you right. And even in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you will always be their baby.