28 Things People Who Were Raised In A Latino Family Would Understand

iMijo! You’re getting fat!”

1. Having to cheek kiss EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the room at family get-togethers.

Mom: “Did you say hello to your tia?
Me: “Yes.”
Mom: “I didn’t see you say hello.”

3. When your aunt tries networking for you.

“I work for the person who works for that one guy who’s friends with that one lady who’s friends with Kim Kardashian. You should ask him for a job.”

4. When you had a birthday party, your aunts would bring TONS of rice, mainly due to lack of communication.




Red rice, white rice, spicy rice, spicy red rice, SO. MUCH. ARROZ.

5. The kitchen was impossible to navigate because all the tias were using it to cook their last minute dishes.

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iMijo! I just need your oven for the next two hours.

6. You have thirty people trying to shove your face into a birthday cake.

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8. And when you actually lose weight, your entire family will think you’re sick.

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Tia: Mijo, you’re not eating. What’s wrong?

9. That uncle who offers you a beer every time you see him.

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Tio: iMijo! ¿Una chela?
Me: No, tio. I already have one.
Tio: Have another.

10. When you hear a knock on the door and the first thing you do is hide because it’s probably your uncle’s entire family “passing by.”

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Tio: “We were on our way back from church and we saw your light on.”

12. You will never be alone at a party. Ever. Doesn’t matter how hard you try, solitude is not an option.


14. During Christmas Eve, EVERYONE brings their Baby Jesus to the nacimiento.

15. When your entire family was summoned to help out with the buñuelos.

16. When your younger cousins don’t give two shits about family traditions.


Tia: Are you guys going to pray?
Cousins: What is “pray”?

17. That awkward moment when your non-English speaking tio joins in on a conversation you’re having with your non-Spanish speaking cousin.


Should I switch the conversation to Spanish even though my cousin can’t speak it or keep talking in English even though my tio can’t speak it? Life is hard.

18. The brutality that was el bolo at a baptism.

Nickels. Nickels EVERYWHERE.

19. That awkward moment when you and your uncle – who you only speak to in group settings – are waiting for the bathroom.


“So… uh… How’s the family?”


22. The nerve-wracking experience of introducing your white S.O. to your entire family.

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Tia: Is she Catholic?
Me: No, she’s atheist.
::Gossip ensues::

23. You never need to hire a handyman because a family member ALWAYS knows somebody.

24. The ridiculously long waltz at Quinceañeras where they call up every family member to dance with the birthday girl.

25. The older aunts and uncles who remind you of how easy you have it.

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“Back in my day, your granddad had his own way of showing us affection.”

26. All of your aunts are RIDICULOUSLY accommodating, especially when it comes to your nourishment.

27. Your uncle will never miss an opportunity to dish out some wisdom.


28. But at the end of the day, they’re the people you can always count on through thick and thin. They’re your family. POR VIDA.


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