If You’re Latina These Memes Will Make You Laugh And Cry At The Same Time
If you grew up in a Latini household, chances are you can relate to waking up early on a Saturday morning, to the sound of your mother’s cumbias, salsa or rancheras, ready to start cleaning every corner of the house. Sleeping in on a weekend? Unheard of. All in all, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
From growing up on VapoRub and sopa only to not being able to ever listen to your “musica del diablo” or watch anything that wasn’t your mom’s novelas, here are 20 memes that show what it was like growing up in a Latino household:
1. When you wanted cookies but got a sewing kit instead.
CREDIT: lovetoknow.com/royaldansk, instagram.com/fiercebymitu
This was honestly the biggest scam as a child. But, we’d always fall for it! Come on, mom, I just wanted some delicious, sweet, and creamy Royal Dansk dipped in hot chocolate.
2. Having to get your Oscar-worthy performance on to avoid getting in trouble.
Remember when minutes were free after 9 p.m. or some chisme broke late at night when it was past your bedtime? You had to make sure you put on the best performance of your life a la Soraya Montenegro so you wouldn’t get caught.
3. When you piss off your mom at the market one too many times.
CREDIT: ABC News, Kate del Castillo, instagram.com/fiercebymitu
When you asked over and over again for those Lunchables or those boxes of cereal and your mom finally got tired of it…. and well, the rest was history.
4. If you’re Latina, you know the oven is used as another storage space for las casuelas.
This was the second biggest scam of your childhood probably. In most Latino households, the oven was not used for baking nor was it every just empty. You’re damn right we used it as a storage for all the other casuelas and baking pans. And you’re damn right it was a struggle to bake chocolate chip cookies because it meant you’d have to take everything out just to store it back in again.
5. If it’s not cumbia, salsa, rancheras, then it’s not welcome in this household.
When you just wanted to listen to Panic! At The Disco, Paramore or My Chemical Romance on full blast but your parents thought it was “musica del diablo.” They stayed hating on our impeccable music tastes if it wasn’t the artists THEY grew up listening to.
6. When anything and everything you did was somehow cause for you getting sick.
CREDIT: FX, www.instagram.com/wearemitu
When you couldn’t even walk to the kitchen or the bathroom without socks or your chanclas on because your parents thought it would be cause for you getting sick. Listen, mom, listen, I’ll be fine. I’m just too lazy to put my chanclas on, can I live my best life? Barefoot?
7. As soon as the chile started grilling, it was time to evacuate the household.
When you’d have to quarantine yourself under your covers because the smell would even seep through your bedroom door. Those chiles were no joke. The smell would creep on you like a ghost.
8. Sopa? Again? Can we have McDonald’s?
It was always sopa y frijoles! I mean, now, we’re not complaining. But back then, it was like, “AGAIN?!”
9. When you grew up believing aloe and Vicks were better than healthcare.
Nowadays, who needs healthcare right? We STILL got Vicks and aloe in our parent’s backyard somewhere.
10. This was probably the most stressful part about attending family parties.
CREDIT: dreamstime.com/enriquegomez, www.instagram.com/fiercebymitu
Most of the time, when you come from a Latino family, you don’t just have a couple cousins, aunts, and uncles that you can count on one hand. We have dozens and dozens of cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, third cousins and the other family friends that you’re not sure whether you’re related to or not. So when it comes to family parties, it’s a whole process having to say Hi to them all. It’s a superpower almost.
11. If we had a dollar for every time we heard this question during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and well, year round… we’d be billionaires.
CREDIT: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air NBC, www.instagram.com/fiercebymitu
Nope, I don’t have a boyfriend and I don’t need one. Give me some money or shoes instead, thank you and goodnight.
12. When a quick trip to el super suddenly turns into hours, days, weeks…
CREDIT: PBS, www.instagram.com/wearemitu
This may have been one of your worst fears: walking into the grocery store and having your mom spot someone she knows. Once that happens, it’s game over.
13. You better believe it was NEVER butter.
Now comes the third biggest scam of our childhood and something we possibly carried on to our adult lives. When you were looking for butter (or sour cream) and instead you were hit with beans, salsa, or some other leftovers your mom decided to pour in those containers. Why?!!!!
14. I mean, what better season to have caldo for dinner than during the summer?
Why is it that they make caldo or posole right at the peak of summer? Don’t you see me sweatin’ out here?!
15. When the only channel your television ever knew was Univision or Telemundo.
CREDIT: Cartoon Network, www.instagram.com/wearemitu
When you would never get the chance to watch your shows, movies or cartoons growing up because the only thing the television was made for was for Primer Impacto and your mom’s novelas.
16. Not being able to offer help without getting yelled at for offering to help.
To a Latina mom, you can always be doing more. You can always clean a little more. You can always help a little more. You will never be enough.
When your friend wouldn’t greet your parents the “right” way, so you thought twice about bringing them around again.
18. As a child, taking a nap was risky business in a Latino household.
This was possibly the worst way to wake up from a nap. When you’d wake up hungry, dazed and confused, then suddenly realize you’re all alone.
19. Responding with “que” was the ultimate form of betrayal and disrespect.
When you never, ever said “que” to your mom because you said “mande” or you were sent to your room.
When you’d wash all the dishes but would forget one or two forks (to clean “later”) but your mom would realize one minute too late. *cue your mom yelling*
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