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Spending Three Weeks In México Turned Into A Wake-Up Call For My 10-Year-Old Brother

What my 10-year-old brother thought would be just a fun vacation to México last summer, turned out to be a totally different experience – in a good way. Here’s how hanging out with his cousins in México for three weeks, completely changed his mindset and attitude about the type of lifestyle he has in the U.S…

One thing my little brother noticed about his cousin’s lifestyle in México was that they ran errands by themselves almost every single day… by horse or by foot.

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CREDIT: NORMA GARCIA

My brother’s younger cousins in México are constantly running errands for their parents on their own even though they’re 10 years old. Since they don’t have a car to travel, let alone any sort of license because they’re so young, their form of transportation is either their feet or their parent’s horse – if they’re lucky. For my cousins in México, it’s normal for them to go out to the crowded mercados and buy everything their family needs, and then carry everything back home on their own. Keep in mind the streets in my mom’s pueblo in México aren’t paved how they are in the U.S. Drivers don’t stop at every stop sign they see, and drivers are more aggressive, making it far more dangerous for children to be out on the road.

And when they’re not running errands, they’re working every chance they get – before school, after school, on the weekends, and during their breaks from school.

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CREDIT: NORMA GARCIA

My little brother noticed this when he was playing with one of his cousins and then he said to my brother, “I need to leave now, I have to go to work.” My brother thought this was strange and silly, responding, “Work? You can’t have a job, you’re little!”

But to my younger cousins in México, it’s not strange or silly at all. Having a job around the same time that you’re in elementary school is completely normal. Since his parents’ income on its own is not enough, he has to make sure to pitch in for basic needs. And if that means that he has to cut his free time short, and stop playing soccer with his cousins because it’s time for work, then that’s what he’ll do.

However, no matter how many hours my brother’s cousins are working, or how much money they’re earning on their own, they always remain extremely humble.

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CREDIT: NORMA GARCIA

Since it was my little brother’s birthday during the same month that they were visiting México, they decided to have a small party for him in my mom’s hometown. My little brother said it was the best birthday party he’s ever had – mainly for one reason: his cousin Edgar had saved all of his money from an entire day of work and used it to buy my brother a pair of brand new socks for his birthday. Socks! Maybe my brother has received larger and flashier gifts in the past, but the fact that his cousin had saved his money from an entire day of work and used all of that money to buy him a gift, meant everything to my little brother.

And all of this served as a bit of a wake-up call for my brother.

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CREDIT: NORMA GARCIA

My brother quickly realized that his responsibilities as an elementary school student in the U.S. were nothing compared to his cousin’s responsibilities in México. While my brother sometimes complains about three pages of homework, and simple chores like folding his bed, his cousins were walking from school to work every day of the week. While my brother sometimes complains about not having the trendiest clothes or shoes, his cousins were wearing the same outfit for an entire week. And the more my 10-year-old brother hung out with his primos, the more he started to appreciate what he did have in life, rather than complain about what he didn’t have.

Even though my brother went on this trip expecting a to have some fun during the summer, traveling to México was a humbling and eye-opening experience for him. And this is what makes traveling so enriching and important.

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CREDIT: NORMA GARCIA

If you’re fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel, do it! If my 10-year-old brother was able to gain a valuable shift in perspective from this trip, imagine how eye-opening and enriching visiting another country can be for you.


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No Matter How Small The Problem Is, This Is How Your Mom Will Make It Seem Like It's The End Of The World

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No Matter How Small The Problem Is, This Is How Your Mom Will Make It Seem Like It’s The End Of The World

One of the reasons you grow so scared about getting in trouble by your mom is because she tends to overdramatize almost everything. Even if you don’t think it’s such a big deal, to your mom it’s the end of the world. Here are some melodramatic situations you’ve probably have to deal with:

Latins moms add drama to the simplest scenarios. Only they can look at a utensil and yell at you for leaving a mess. Yes, a massive mess.

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CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

To you it’s just one spoon, but to your mom it’s three weeks worth of dishes that you haven’t washed. This usually leads to the classic speech about how much harder your mom had it and she had to wash her dishes en el río. Mom, I’m sorry you had to wash dishes that way, it sucks. But it’s still just a spoon.

You can expect the same, dramatic reaction from her every time she sees something out of place in your room.

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CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

One misplaced sock looks like a landfill to her.

Even having one cocktail over dinner, raises crazy party animal flags in your mom’s eyes.

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To her, one drink with dinner makes you a total alcoholic. Alcohol with food? Who does that?!

And just when you’re ready to go out clubbing in your new dress that is so decent it could almost pass as business attire, your mom will jump out and tell you otherwise.

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CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

She might say something along the lines of: “descarada,” or “you might as well go out naked.”

And be prepared for some major drama if you’re out and you happen to miss one of her phone calls. To her, one missed call means the absolute WORST THING IN THE WORLD has happened to you.

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CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

To her:

2 missed calls = you’re out doing drugs.

5 missed calls = you’ve been kidnapped.

7 missed calls = you’ve been doing drugs, got kidnapped AND got killed. By now, she’s probably making your funeral arrangements. RIP.

Even when it comes to the time of day (or night), she has to be extra.

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By at least two hours.

The drama doesn’t end on weekends. ?

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Monday through Friday you wake up to the same alarm at 6 a.m. You work hard. You study hard. Sleeping in a couple of hours – at least until 8 a.m. – during the weekends sounds like the perfect way to reward yourself for all of your hard work. But if you ask your mom, sleeping in past 7 a.m. makes you the laziest, most unproductive human being on earth.

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, your mom is likely to turn something small into a bigger deal. Literally.

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CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

There’s no such thing as a “small” tattoo once you show your mom.

Even when you tell your mom you’re vegan or vegetarian (which is generally looked at as a healthier diet), she will have a meltdown because this is how she sees you now:

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CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

Because food is EVERYTHING in a Latino household, news like this will break her heart.

To her, even adulting seems like the most dangerous thing to happen to you. Buying a car is just asking to get killed.

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CREDIT: CHRISTINA HENDERSON / WE ARE MITÚ

How many times have you heard “manejas como loca” all while going 50 MPH?

To sum it up, everything that you do to everything that you own and everyone that you date, is the absolute worst.

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But at the end of the day, despite the drama, you know your mom is just worried about you and is trying to look out for her baby as best she can. ❤️


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