Here’s What My White Husband Has Learned About The Latino Culture One Day At A Time

My husband and I have been married for about 8 months now and he is still learning so much about myself and what it means to be Latino. I’m not talking about me having a big Cuban family all stationed in Miami (3-0-5 🙌🏽) or the fact that the best jokes in Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” are in Spanish. I’m talking about the little things that to me have always been a normal part of life. This is what has continuously caught him off guard…

If you ask him, I’m already turning into my abuela because of the things he is finding out, which to me is a compliment. Here are just a few of the things that he is starting to understand about our future together.

1. Seasoning your beans is hard AF but abuela makes it look easy.


No matter how many times I try or how many techniques I use, my bean always turn out bland AF. This wouldn’t have been a problem if he didn’t have my abuela’s frijoles negro because now he has a reference point as to what beans are supposed to taste like. Though, he doesn’t cook so my bland beans will have to do.

2. That whole personal space thing is a white construct.

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One of the first things he realized about being married to a Latino is that all that personal space he once had is gone. I even go into the bathroom to talk to him when he’s in the shower because that’s 👏🏾 how 👏🏾 I 👏🏾 was 👏🏾 raised. 👏🏾

3. Family obligations cannot and will not be avoided.

Even if it means that you have to spend $800 to travel 3,000 miles back home for a weekend for your nephew’s first birthday, there is no getting out of family events. #BasedOnTrueEvents

4. My family raised me to be super eco-friendly (and very frugal).

The first time my husband saw me washing a Ziploc bag he asked if we had run out and that he could get some from the store. My response: “But, like, why do you want to waste money like that?”

5. Selena was and will always be La Reina.

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I know. I know. How did he not know this before is what you’re thinking, right? But you can’t hold it against him. I don’t think Selena had a very big following in West Virginia. There was no way he could have known that she is more relevant now than ever. Not to mention that she still wins Latin Billboard awards and I play her music nonstop.

6. My abuela’s obsession with reusing containers has been passed down.

After he came down from the initial shock of thinking that I left the sour cream in the Tupperware cabinet overnight, he made a joke about me becoming my abuela. I’ve never been so proud.

7. Calling a loved one “gordo” is not offensive.

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Because, you know, someone calling you “my little fatty” is not okay. Imagine his shock when he heard a family member call me “gordito” in front of him. He was shook.

8. Every chore I do is just an excuse to put on Celia Cruz and dance.

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Sure, I can cook in silence but nothing makes my time in the kitchen more enjoyable than some “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” or “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” blaring in the background. Plus, he is starting to learn some of her greatest hits.

9. Seventy-five percent of Latino cooking is just making that sabor.

To quote my husband: “Oh. So ropa vieja is like making pot roast then you make the flavor (sofrito). Yeah. White people are too lazy to make all that flavor.”

10. Being extra and loud is just in our blood.

I still have that trophy on our desk in the living room and he has mentioned moving it a couple times. Then I stubbed my toe, fall to the floor in tears, and he remembers why it is so prominently displayed.

11. Hot Cheetos are life.

He didn’t know they were so versatile but he’s not upset that we get to eat them all the time.

READ: 14 Things That Happen When A Gringo Marries Into A Latino Family

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This Is What You Go Through When You Live At Your Parents' House But Really Want To Have A Pet Dog


This Is What You Go Through When You Live At Your Parents’ House But Really Want To Have A Pet Dog

As cute and fluffy as dogs are, taking care of them requires time, money, and attention. So if you really want a dog, but you’re living at your parents’ house, then you’ll have to run it by them first… and that process is not so easy.

Trying to convince your parents to let you have a pet at the house is not always easy… especially when they start to give you a million reasons as to why they won’t allow it.

The first thing your parents probably said was “los perros traen toda tierra y mugre de la calle.”


The last thing they want in their impeccable plastic-covered couches is a stinky dog covered in germs and their pet fleas.

The next thing they point out is that dogs shed too much.

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When has a little fur ever hurt someone?

But if they don’t complain to you about the shedding and the odor, then they’ll make a fuss about how the dog will bark all night long and disturb their sleep.


But hearing the dog bark when there’s intruders would be a good thing, right?

Then they start insulting you like when they say, “You know dogs shit everywhere right? Are you going to pick up all of their mess? You can’t even keep your own room clean.”


Ouch. It’s almost as if asking your parents for a dog actually means you’re asking to be insulted, but it doesn’t stop there.

Next up: “So who’s going to feed the dog? Ni tienes trabajo. Aquí estás en la casa de huevon. With what money are you even going to buy the food, huh?”


Burn after burn… ?

But after countless times of begging your parents to pleeeeease let you have a dog…


For every birthday and every Christmas, this was the only thing you would ask for.

And after trying to convince them time and time again, that dogs are the best pets in the world…


How can you not like dogs?!

Eventually, they give in. And say, YES.


*Happy Dance*

And the funny thing is… even though your parents were the ones that were completely against the idea of having a dog in the first place, at the end of the day, they end up loving the dog way more than they love you.


Your parents will deny that they’re deeply in love with your new dog, but you know for sure that they’ve found their new BFF.

READ: If You Wore These 5 Items, Your Parents Would Clown You For Days

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