The All-Time Best Quotes From Lydia On ODAAT That Are Too Relatable
There’s no question that Rita Moreno is an icon in the Latino community. Why? Because she embodies the roles of abuelita in all the right ways. In Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” reboot, Moreno plays the role of Lydia Riera, the Cuban ex-pat who stores all her food in butter tubs and cookies tins and protects her recipes with a secret code.
She’s the abuela we all have in one way or another, and her lines will make you laugh, cringe and love her even more. She might be the only visible character on television that accurately depicts how we all see our abuelas. Read ’em and weep.
“We are Cuban. We don’t get divorced. We die.”Credit: Netflix
Some of her best lines are about her undying love for her Cuban heritage. She even has refused to take stroke medication because “if ever I get one, my Cuban blood will eat it and absorb it into nothing.”
“Jesus and Santa were cousins. Everybody knows that.”Credit: saschavos / YouTube
Some of her best quotes are attached to “everybody knows that.” Classic abuela.
“I don’t trust that doctor. The first thing she did was weigh me, and after that everything she said was clouded by jealousy.”Credit: @melissafumeros / Twitter
Abuela is also very attached to her understanding of beauty. She always looks perfect and can spot a thigh dimple from a mile away, so stay away.
“Hold on. I’m watching the President. Oh wait. It is a hemorrhoid commercial. Hold up.”Credit: @beforedusk / Twitter
Season 3 came in hot with disses to POTUS. Nobody can dish an insult like an abuelita.
When Lydia’s kids start to make fun of her and she dishes this guilt trip.Credit: Netflix
Lydia: “I’m so happy I brought you into this world to laugh at me. Because of your giant heads I pee when I cough.”
Grandson Alex: “Okayyy.”
When Elena strongholds her abuela to take her stroke medications ‘y ya’ and this happened.Credit: @melissafumeros / Twitter
Lydia: “You do not ‘y ya’ me. I ‘y ya’ you. Y ya!” This is one of the bravest things any Latino grandchild could say to their abuelita. She runs the house and the family. She is the one who has final say, okay?
When Lydia completely missed the memo on Aunt Pilar.Credit: Netflix
Elena wonders out loud if her Tia Pilar is gay and Lydia basically proves her point.
“Elena, you think everyone is gay. Pilar is just eccentric. She rides a motorcycle. She owns seven cats. She shares a one bedroom apartment with her long time roommate, Susan. How is that gay?”
When Lydia accidentally gets stoned and sees Elena’s point.Credit: Netflix
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