I’ve decided to start this blog as a tribute to my grandmothers. Having lost one recently (this past May) and with the holiday season approaching, I have caught myself thinking about them almost daily. It is because of my grandmother on my father’s side our family had certain traditions during the holidays. I lost my grandmother on my mother’s side when I was 7 years old. Now as a new mom and being that my grandmothers never met my daughter, I want to ensure that I continue on and create wonderful memories for my daughter.
To tell you a little about myself, I am of Mexican/Italian descent. My father is Mexican American and my mother is Italian American. Even though my parents were born in the U.S., people assume that they are straight from Mexico just because of my last name. I am as Americanized as you can get. I grew up in a border town, so I was exposed to the rich Mexican culture. My grandparents on my father’s side only spoke Spanish but understood English. I grew up dancing Folklorico, had a Quincenera, dated a Mariachi, yet my Spanish is horrible. My siblings tease that I have a Valley Girl accent. That being said, I regret not being able to speak the language more fluently in order to communicate with my grandmother more. I moved out of state at a very young age and when I did a part of me stayed behind. Now as a 30-something year old, first time mother I want to expose my daughter to all the traditions I grew up with.
I know I’ll make mistakes along the way so I do welcome any suggestions and advice from other Modern Latina Mommy’s out there. I also hope to show that even though there are those of us who are 2nd or 3rd generation American, our culture and our heritage is something we want to hold on to, sometimes offering a modern twist.
Here is to the new version of the Latina Mommy!