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The Ridiculous Journey Of Trying To Sleep Over A Friend’s House When You Have Latino Parents

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There is probably nothing that bonds Latinos more than the struggle with trying to sleep over a friend’s house. Basically, it was the one thing you knew your parents would say no to. So here is the tumultuous journey many of us had to go through just to stay at a “casa ajena.”

First off, the answer was always “NO.”

So you started to cry and maybe beg a bit and they were still unimpressed.

So you called your cool prima to come up with a plan.

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CREDIT: Parks & Recreation/ NBC via Tumblr

She always had your back and the plan might actually work. What they don’t know, won’t kill them, right?

But just when they looked like they were about to say “yes”…

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CREDIT: Glee/FOX via WiggleGif

Emphasis on looked.

They tell you you have to clean your room because nothing is free in that house.

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CREDIT: Glee/FOX via spartzygirl/Tumblr

But why does it matter if your room’s a mess? It’s not like you’re going to sleep there.

They then demanded a background history of this “friend.”

…and they make it very clear that they “don’t know them.”

You had to give them your friend’s parents number for emergencies.

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CREDIT: The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants/Warner Bros.

Which was super embarrassing because if this friend wasn’t Latino, they didn’t understand why you were asking for their parents’ personal information.

Before even saying yes, your parents had to remind you that they don’t like you out en la calle.

Are we done yet?

And they don’t understand why you want to sleep somewhere else when you have a cama at home.

Get over it, mami!

They always imagined the most bizarre, worst-case scenario…

If they let you go, you knew they would guilt trip you to keep you in check the entire time.

So you might have gotten a few check-up phone calls.

You might have had to deal with a little embarrassment. But, also, shout to to the prima that hooked it up with an alibi if you were sneaking around.

Even when you came back home safe (from your best behavior)…

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CREDIT: American Idol/ FOX via Tumblr

You kept the real details of what happened at this sleepover under wraps so you can have a small chance of a next time. They didn’t need to know everything (even though, they probably already did.)

They warned you to not get used to the idea.

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CREDIT: Jane The Virgin/ CW via Punch Drunk Critics

Because to them this was a one-time deal.

READ: 15 Things Latino Parents Have Definitely Threatened Us With

Did your parents ever let you sleepover anyone’s house? Or did they just make you feel guilty about it? Let us know your experience!

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You Might Be #Adulting, But Here Are 11 Ways Mom Can Still School You

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You Might Be #Adulting, But Here Are 11 Ways Mom Can Still School You

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Being an adult is awesome. You can eat pan dulce for every meal. You can stay out as late as you want. And you can pay rent and work 40 hours a week. Yeah, it’s not always that awesome. Sometimes the responsibility of being an adult gets a bit heavy and you think it would be great to be a kid again, maybe have your mom help you fight your battles. Yeah, she might have made your life hell sometimes, but your mom always had your back when it came down to it. Here are 11 times we wish our mother could step in to fight our adult battles.

When you’re sick…

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One of the worst things about being sick as an adult is that you have to take care of yourself. Yeah, you’ve got a temperature of 100 plus, but that cold medicine isn’t going to buy itself. Now’s the time when you wish you could just be a baby and let mama take over.

… And when you want to call into work.

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Sometimes you’re just tired and you need a day off, but you already called in 4 days last week. No one knows how to go to bat for you like your mother, who’ll give your boss an earful if they try to make you come in.

When a sleazebag is hitting on you at the bar.

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They say that you should never get between a mama bear and her cub. If any one corners you at the bar, call in mama to maul that would-be player.

Out drinking? Instead of a Lyft, call your mom to come pick you up.

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Driving around in a Lyft is always an interesting experience. Sometimes your driver is all kinds of chill, but other times they force you to hear their homemade trap songs or talk politics with you. Woof. If moms had a car service, you know you’d get home safe and you’d probably get to hear the latest chisme.

And fix the next morning’s cruda.


Nothing like mama’s menudo to get rid of the morning after blues.

When someone is lying right to your face but you can’t prove it.

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Whether it’s your roommate or a complete stranger, people are going to lie to you. And while you might not always be able to prove it, the one person who could always sniff out a lie is your mother. In those moments when no one will admit to being dishonest, it’d be nice to have mom roll up and put the liars on blast.

When you get pulled over and you need someone to charm the cop.

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We’ve all been pulled over, right? As angry as moms can get, they can also pull out the charm and sweet talk their way out of any jam. Think about where you learned that skill…

When you’re broke and she feeds you.

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Short of committing a crime, you’ll pretty much do anything to get some of your mom’s homemade cooking. Especially when you’re a few days away from your next paycheck. Luckily mama always thinks you look skinny and will feed you until you’re old enough to have kids of your own.

When you throw a dinner party.

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I’m not as good as a cook as my mom is, TBH, and when I throw a party, the snacks are never a highlight. But mom’s got the bomb ass skills in the kitchen and loves to show them off. So nothing would make her happier than having a room full of my friends telling her how awesome her homemade carnitas are.

She’s also the best person to have when you need to kick everyone out of the apartment.

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Sometimes you invite people over and then you can’t get them to leave. That’s where mama steps up. She might make a great host, but she’s definitely not shy about telling everyone to GTFO after she’s hit her damn limit.

But most importantly: she’s always there for you when you just need her.

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Since day one, she’s always had your back. While she might have taken away your rights from time to time, she did it so you would grow up to be the best adult you can be. So be sure to take time out being an adult to give her a call or a hug this Mother’s Day!

READ: Here Are 9 Mother’s Day Cards That Your Latina Mom Will Appreciate

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