Lessons from my father: ¡Con Cuidado!

It’s in the little things I see my father in me. It’s the little things about him I miss the most too. The way he used to smile with his eyes. The power in his carcajada. The things he used to say to me then when I would take them for […]

Not right now. Pronto. 

Not right now, she said. Not right now, okay sweetie.  Soon.  Pronto. Mom, can you buy me these shoes. Not right now, sweetie.  Mom, can we go watch a movie tonight? Not tonight, honey.  Pronto.  Mom, can you buy me this book?  Sí, pero ahorita no. Not right now.  Soon.  […]

Besos de Queso: Chile Con Queso

Back in the day when my days were full of nothing but school, work, internships, workouts, and more, nothing would comfort me more than waking up on a Saturday morning and walking into the kitchen to hear my mom ask ¿qué quieres comer mijo?  Before I even opened my mouth […]

Hasta En Las Mejores Familias

There was a television show by that same name that used to air on one of the major Spanish-language networks here in the states not too long ago.  Carmelita Salinas was one of the three hosts and aside from exposing a constant parade of dysfunctional families from one extreme to […]

Growing Up, Growing Old, and Holding On to the ‘Niño Terco’

Get up.  Get ready.  And go.  That’s the way we always lived life.  Never having any time to really stand still, at attention, free, just to enjoy the moment.  Other than when we lived in the Rio Grande Valley, and that was just for a couple of years in between […]

Donde Cabe Uno, Caben Dos: Life Lessons for Adult Children

Donde cabe un mexicano caben cien. That was the variation of this popular dicho we grew up with. I think in actually it’s supposed to go something like this: donde cabe uno, caben dos. This weekend while we were working on the house we all lived in for nine years […]