If you used to have right-wing views get ready to become a democrat.If you thought life was all about work, it’s time to think again. You’ll spend many a long hour teasing each other for watching the novela or being addicted to Jeopardy.
And you’ll suffer moments when all you want to do is go back to being normal. Christina Comben is Content Manager at Day Translations.Have a normal conversation with a normal person who understands why children should have a curfew. You’ll secretly love being the one in the family with the El Salvadorian boyfriend. Qualified to MBA level and motivated by challenge, change, and continued learning, Christina has lived and worked her way around the world, garnering in-depth knowledge of diverse office environments and varying industries, from media and entertainment to education, health, and information technology.Once you’ve got a few family gatherings under your belt and struggled to get your opinion across, one of two things will happen.You’ll either give up and sit muted in the corner (but that won’t go down well with the MIL) or you’ll get louder.When your parents come to visit, expect mutterings under their breath about how famished they are.
When you’re dating a Latino, your whole sense of time is adjusted. Latinos take their offspring absolutely everywhere. My parents left my sister and me in a hotel room in Thailand in the 80s while they went to watch a show.
Learning about their political beliefs, family values and how they view your country is an eye-opener as well. What kind of a mother still buys underwear for their 30-year-old son anyway? What kind of a mother has to be involved in every single decision about absolutely everything? If you’ve spent your life getting excited about waking up to presents under the tree on Christmas morning, forget it.
From the color of your couch to the cut of your suit? In what kind of a world was your ability to make empanadas more important than your ability to make dollars? Dating a Latino means having a Christmas feast around the table the night before. You will hand out presents and chink glasses at midnight.
Although the countries that comprise Latin America and the Caribbean are all distinctly different from one another, we do have some fantastic traits in common. If you say you’re vegan—well you might as well tell them you’re a communist—especially if you’re dating a Cuban. And when he asks what you and your daughter will be doing later, don't say "having a good time." Going to a movie and a nice dinner with friends - that's much better.
Family is important, we are a romantic community and we tend to be very generous with whatever we have. Best to say you’re allergic, ‘.’ It’ll surprise them long enough for you to fill your plate with beans, rice and plantains. But just enjoy it - pork is vegetarian in many a Latino home.2. You know how every has an overbearing mother that fusses over every detail of her son’s life? Even in the more matriarchal Latino countries, the sun rises and sets in the son’s eyes. Because if not, he’ll squash you like a bug with a glance.
That they forget your anniversary or Valentine’s Day, or you have to be present at every single family member’s birthday party.