Introducing your family to a new partner is nerve-wracking enough, but there’s a special kind of uneasiness that happens when introducing a non-Latino to your very Latino family.
First you naturally wonder what your family will think.
Latino Familys – you bring your bf/gf over to a family party and they all go crazy wanting to know everything about him and meeting him ha!
— JS (@_jennnsss) December 20, 2011
They’ll want to get all the chisme on him.
When you show up to a family event with your new bf, you worry if they will remember to kiss every family member in the room.
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Even you get shit from mom when you forget to kiss one person.
Failure to do so is a big deal.
" visiting my Hispanic family" getting yelled at for not kissing the complete stranger that just walked through the door
— Alexandria Echeverry (@alexandriaEche1) July 15, 2015
Oh, they’re looking.
On the flip side, they’ll have to learn that pulling an “Irish goodbye” is never an option.
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Sneaking out in Latino culture is a great insult that you might never recover from.
You hope they don’t get scared when your family is still dancing to salsa until 4.a.m.
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Sometimes they stay up that late just to catch up.
They have to slowly be introduced to all of the delicious dishes your family makes.
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And eased into all the different spices. You may also have to explain what some of your dishes are. Try explaining morcilla without getting a reaction.
You will have to fill them in on any current drama (usually between tías.)
Want me a boo i can take to family party's nd could be all in the chisme w/ my fam and not make a scene over some dumb shit ??
— jorge (@jorge_eza) February 20, 2017
Can’t have new boo out here causing more chisme.
And just a warning, los abuelitos might have a really difficult time pronouncing their name.
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“BRANG-DON?” “YA-SON?” “RY-ONG?”
And you’ll probably have to fend off the tíos that will want to give your s/o a nickname.
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They love to default to the expected ‘guerito / guerita,’ but they don’t understand that some people take offense to that.
But they eventually find something to bond over.
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Ah, beer, the great equalizer.
Once they’re accepted into the family and introduced to (most of) your 98739857 cousins…
Best part of having a Latino family is the nonstop parade of cousins. Always meeting new ones I never knew about!. #primos
— John Lovell (@HonestJohnSays) March 7, 2015
During this process you’ll discover new primos you hadn’t met.
…You realize that having a non-Latino partner should never be an issue because it’s only something to celebrate.
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In the end, you got yourself a supportive boo and that’s reason enough to party, right?