All Latinos With Big Families Will Understand The Emotional Rollercoaster That Is Hosting Thanksgiving

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We all know what is going to happen next week. Every cousin, aunt, uncle, and stranger your family has ever met will be gathering in one house for Thanksgiving. It’s cool and all to have that happen but there is always a downside to that many people being under the same roof for that long. Here is just some of the stuff that is bound to go down when your familia is hosting the big meal.

Before anyone even shows up there will be air mattresses everywhere.

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Your mom probably went to Target and bought every last one. It’s fine except you can’t get anywhere in the house without tripping over them.

Everyone manages to arrive at the same time and you spend hours greeting everyone.

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You might ask yourself: “When did my family get so big?” The answer is that you family gets bigger every week and it just doesn’t make sense anymore. PS — you might also ask yourself: “Who are all these people?”

You realize that it’ll be a fight to keep your room.

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Mainly because you know that your tíos with the new baby get dibs on all fully furnished rooms.

Let’s not even talk about the chaos that is going to the bathroom.

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Everyone always has to pee at the same time and it is just one big mess. If Gloria spends another 30 minutes in there, you’re going to lose it and then you’re the one in trouble.

Inside you are feeling a little like this:

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Nothing gets your blood boiling like when your cousin starts using your shoes without asking and for no reason.

But outwardly you know it’s in your best interest to be like this:

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Calm. Poised. Collected. Not at all planning to sabotage the whole stay.

But, suddenly, things take a turn and you start to really enjoy everyone around you.

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Maybe it is the holiday spirit. Maybe it is the food. All you know is that you are finally enjoying yourself and that’s great.

Seriously. The party is lit AF and you are here for it.

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You: “No. I don’t mind listening to ‘Suavemente’ again for the fourth time!” And you actually mean that.

It isn’t long until some one busts out a guitar and then it is family karaoke time.

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You rarely know the words but you sway along anyway.

By the end of the family trip you are so in love with your family that you can’t stand to see them leave.

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And they will be back for Christmas and this cycle will repeat itself.

READ: 11 Things Only a Person From a Big Latino Family Will Understand

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This Footage Of Lin-Manuel Performing In High School Will Make You Want To Call Up One Of Your Old Teachers


This Footage Of Lin-Manuel Performing In High School Will Make You Want To Call Up One Of Your Old Teachers

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It was back-to-school time again in September, and this time not even Lin-Manuel Miranda could escape it.

Miranda packed up his backpack, number 2 pencils, and calculator and went back to his old stomping grounds, the famed Hunter College High School, where he attended K-12. Located in New York’s upper westside, the school is for the “intellectually gifted,” so it’s a no brainer that Miranda is among the school’s notable alumni, I mean, he is a MacArthur Genius after-all.

During his visit, he got to sit down with his old Theater Advisor, Gina Nocera McCourt, and boy did they reminisce.

Miranda schooled McCourt on how it all began for him. He says it was his first big role in his first musical in 9th grade that got the ball rolling for him, saying “That’s like everything when you’re in High School.”

In the video we can see footage of teenage Miranda as the Pirate King in “Pirates Of Penzance,” which he tells McCourt was his favorite show in High School. Even in that grainy footage you can make out the raw talent. He was vibrant and full of life on that stage. Jumping around and smiling while singing.

Miranda told her he remembered the applause from his very first performance of Pirates of Penzance, calling it “the favorite applause” he’s ever gotten. It impacted him so much that, he says, he’s been chasing that high ever since.

They also took the time to discuss his educational initiative called Hamilton Educational Initiative or #EduHam for short, which brings students to viewings of “Hamilton,” for only a ticket.

But, as Miranda says, it isn’t just to watch the show. The experience also includes performances by the students about different aspects of history that, Miranda says, he really enjoys.

The footage was used in the XQ Super School Live telethon to raise awareness of their educational initiative.

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XQ is an initiative to help reimagine what school is and all that it can be, reinventing the wheel for the betterment of the students. The program awarded 10 proposals, million each to help create the ideal high school. Towards the end of the interview, Miranda and MacCourt end with a sweet moment, where he thanks her for teaching him.

And excuse me while I reach for a tissue and call up my high school English teacher. ?

READ: Watching Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Genius Bring ‘In The Heights’ To Broadway Is So Inspiring

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