The face mask continues to be a divisive matter in the United States. Video after video shows angry people trying to openly defy government orders and mandates. Some claim it is a violation of their rights, which it isn’t. Others just seem to want to do it for clout. Others just get violent, as Martin William Drew in Puerto Rico did.
A man from the mainland was in Puerto Rico and thought he could go to the grocery store without a mask.
Puerto Rico is part of a long list of American states, territories, and cities mandating the use of face masks. Of course, like all places that require masks, some people are not willing to step up and follow the health guidelines meant to help stop the spread of COVID. Martin William Drew tried and felt the immediate backlash.
Studies from around the world prove the effectiveness of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID. In fact, a recent study showed that the U.S. could have COVID under control in one to two months if everyone wears their mask.
After being told to wear a mask, Drew spit on an employee’s face and subsequently got punched in the mouth.
Drew uploaded a video claiming to have been attacked with a golf club when trying to shop in the Econo. However, he conveniently leaves out that he spit in an employee’s face because he didn’t want to wear a mask. Tbh, most people on social media, while standing against violence, celebrated this action.
According to Univision, Drew was arrested by police and is due in court at a later date. Drew was asked to wear a mask after he was seen with the mask under his chin. That’s when he got aggressive, according to police, and spit in the employee’s face.
Just goes to show that it is easier and better to just wear your mask.
Not wearing a mask is quickly becoming a way to be shamed and booed by society on social media. The mask is one of the most effective ways to slow this virus and return to a semi-normal life so, please, wear a mask.
As the pandemic continues to carry us into the infinite unknown the only thing that we can be certain of is that keeping ourselves entertained, busy, and happy is essential. Of course, any plant lover knows that one of the most simple pleasures in life is having some homegrown vegetables in the kitchen. If you’re quarantining and doing all that you can to avoid public spaces like grocery stores this truth goes double.
Recently, a TikTok user uploaded a quick tutorial on how to make your very own avocado plant using supplies you probably have around the house as well as that avocado seed you most definitely toss out way too often. We broke down the steps for you below and they’re pretty easy!
Check them out below.
Here’s what you’ll need
A vase or glass
1. Once you’ve cut the avocado hold on to the seed
As TikTok user @BradCanning points out save the seed! As you’re preparing your avocado for a feast, be sure to avoid cutting into the seed.
2. Remove the outer layer of the seed by peeling it off
Run the seed underwater then dry it. Once it’s dried up, peel off the skin with your fingers to make sure the seed doesn’t go moldy.
3. Allow the seed to sprout and grow a root by wrapping it in a paper towel and putting it in a Ziplock bag
After the seed has been in the bag for two to three weeks, it’s time to pull it out and crack it open.
4. Fill a jar with water and suspend the seed
According to Canning’s TikTok “Put the root in water and it will start to sprout … be careful though, this is a total addiction.”
Make sure to place only the roots or half of the seed in water. To do this, Canning used a vase with an opening that fits around the diameter of the seed. Note: others often insert wooden pegs into the seed to suspend it above the water. The root will slowly grow into the water below which means you’ve got a healthy growing plant on your hands.
5. Once the plant gets to a good size pot it in soil.
Once the plant gets to a good size you can pot it in soil or in a bigger vase to ensure that it keeps growing. According to SF Gate, “After that, the plant takes 10 to 15 years to grow large enough to fruit, which it only does in suitable growing conditions. In U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12, it’s safe to grow avocado plants outside. In colder zones, they make attractive houseplants but are unlikely to bear fruit.”
No matter how old you are, you’ll always remember what it was like to get your first period. Of course, we all have different experiences with them. For some, our first periods were kind of a bit traumatizing. For others, it was was one of the most empowering moments of our lives.
To celebrate our first periods, we asked FIERCE Latinas to share their experiences and the stories were both sweet and hilarious.
Check out some of the stories below!
This gift from god period.
“I got mine on Christmas when I was 12, and my aunt was like “it’s a gift from God!” – 444nates
This one that sparked tears.
“I was 11 and it was Valentine’s Day in sixth grade. I was wearing black pants but I was so scared to tell anyone so when I got home I tried to cover it up like nothing happened. The next morning when I woke up for school my sister was the one who noticed because there was blood on my shorts. She called my mom and my mom came home from work and cried because “I was a woman now” so then I started crying cause I was scared 😂 my mom let me stay home from school for the week and my dad told her she should stay with me so I’m comfortable.” – lichensnfronds
This one that came to church.
“I got mine during morning Sunday mass. I felt wet and I went to bathroom and when I looked down I was like, “oh god it’s happening awww man. I shouldn’t have made fun of yesenia for getting her’s last week.” – angiemhrndz
What is it with periods on holy days, seriously?
“Easter Sunday. 10 years old almost 11, I freaked out in the bathroom of the church.” – dearmelrose
This one that gives Remember the Alamo a different sentiment.
“It was Summertime and our parents always had different activities planned for us. This particular day, we were visiting The Alamo. I was 10 and right before leaving I made that last minute bathroom trip when I realized I got my period. I called my mom and she immediately gave me a pep talk & the stuff I needed, I already knew about it but was surprised. I was like “We’re STILL going to The Alamo?!” Needless to say “Remember The Alamo” has an entirely different meaning for me!!” – tish1972
This one that took some time to share with her mom.
“I was 16 when I got my period… and I was scared didn’t told my mom until late that day. I was using two chones meanwhile.” – tatiana.r92
And this one that came at a really bad time.
“I got mine on Father’s Day with my brother and dad at the movie theaters I went to the bathroom and didn’t know what to do because I had nothing with me and my dad knocked on the door and told me to hurry up and what was taking so long so I put a lot of paper and waited till I got home.” – _jessica_silva17
This one that traumatized.
“11 at home, I think!? I had an older sister and classes were they gave us free pads and educated us on the subject. Still traumatizing lol.” – k.cuzco
This one that came a bit early and at a hard time.
“I was a little over a month shy of 10 years old. My mom was in prison and I was living with my dad and his new wife. (Who 20+ years later is still not a mom to her own children so she def wasn’t tryin to be mine) My friend had stayed the night and we were just waking up. I was crying in the bathroom so she got my dad, who got his wife, who said “it’s okay, you’re fine. ” Then handed me a pad she received from the hospital after giving birth to my brother a week or so prior. When my mom called that day she started crying and apologizing for not being there for me. I swore to my girls I’d be there for them always. When my almost 12 year old called me a few Saturday mornings ago from her dad’s house and let me know she had gotten hers, I jumped outta bed and went straight to her. I can’t do anything about the way I grew up, I can only make sure my daughters have a better go of it.” – xicana_402
This one that made her think she was dying.
“11 and the bus ride home from school. I thought I was dying.” – reinders.v
“Started one morning that I had basketball practice before school in 8th grade. Mom couldn’t drive me so I had to walk myself to school, got in trouble for being late, and I remember wanting to cry cause I was both shook and pissed off for being punished by mother nature AND my coach.” – cynthia_a7
When a baby came the same day as her period.
“My mom had just given birth to my brother (I was 10) and I was at the hospital. My grandma ran out and said,”it happened! A baby and a period in the same day!” – ashleylynne92
This one that came with a super sweet gift.
“I was 9 & at the apple store bc my uncle was kind enough to buy me an ipod and i geniuenly thought i had peed myself or something and i told my mom but she got confused and told me to hold it till we got home. then i went to the bathroom when i got home and panicked so i told my mom and she had to just do a mini explanation.” – crystalramirezx
This one that ruined a pair of super cute shorts.
“12 was ecstatic to wear my new all white glitter shorts. Summer vacation, I step out my room feeling my myself passed my dad he nearly fainted (didn’t say a word) went to my mom a floor down and I was about to sit in the white sofas we had before I twirled for my mom to show her my outfit when she stopped gasped and told me to shower. The rest I don’t remember what happened, I do know we threw my shirts away. Wore them for maybe 30 mins.” – gu.pita
This one that was poorly timed because of an RBD announcement
‘Back when RBD announced they were splitting up 🥺 worst week ever tbh.” – josiiiee__
This super sad story that ended with being bullied.
“oh boy do i remember. So I was in private school with 75 students. And out of all the students I was the last one to get it. I was 14 years old everyone in my school was considered a woman and I was always made fun of because I was still a child (their words not mine) so the day I got mine somehow Everyone in my school found out. And some asshole’s decided to put condoms in my backpack I didn’t know they put him there so when I went to open my backpack day fell out and I was sent to the principals office and I had to explain to her that I was being bullied because I was the last one to get my. At that school. middle school dont ever want to do that again.” – memylerena
And this story that proves no shorts are safe when it comes to first periods!
“I was about 11 years old. I was playing outside with my primas and I remember feeling my biker shorts (it’s was the 90’s lol) get wet. I ran to the bathroom and I was bleeding. I called for my mom and my prima @d_quiin came to the bathroom and explained to me what I should do. I remember her telling me, not to eat lemon and other things meanwhile on it. Lol!” – esperanza_and_friends