When you slap, smack, or hit somebody on the face we have different names for this in Spanish as well: cachetada, galleta (as in a cookie, but not the same), bofetada, etc. Know of any more terms? Anyhow, growing up, my grandmother was always really strict with me. I am the youngest in my family, the most spoiled, and the one who is always smiling. My grandmother is “old-school” BIG time. She thought that if a lady smiles a lot, she was caripeleando, which means flirting. I don’t know why, but my grandmother would say men would see that as an invitation to take advantage of women, blah, blah, blah, and blah. And what did I do? Mock her. My sisters were obedient and they would have the look as if someone had died around grandma, while I did everything in my power to make them laugh. It was not long before grandma offered me a galleta. And I’m not talking about a RITZ! I lost count of how many times grandma would ask, “Nena, quiere que te de una galleta y te vuele esos dientes?” Of course, I did not listen and still don’t! Laughing is the best medicine. I do not care how challenging life gets (it gets better!), we are alive, and living is beautiful especially when you’re Latino! Who says we’re proud people? 😉



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