Unlike with most traditional Latino familias, I grew up in a small family of a single mom and an older brother. I’m extremely proud of my family and totally acknowledge that navigating in such a tiny boat was both a blessing and a curse.
Navidad was awesome.
My brother and I got tons of presents.
But it was also lonely.
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We didn’t have a loud, fun family to share it with.
My brother always had my back.
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Even though we got on each other’s nerves half the time.
We got to travel a lot ?.
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But always had to pay for accommodations since we didn’t have an extended family to visit.
I didn’t really have to share my stuff.
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Pero as a child I often wished I did.
We got mami’s love all to ourselves.
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But it came with a huge toll of expectations.
I didn’t inherit my older sister’s clothes.
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But I did my brother’s (and looked like a niño for a while growing up.)
We didn’t have to ask dad for permission.
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But I missed having a papi.
I admired my older brother more than anyone else.
Even when often I couldn’t stomach him.
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