Yay! It’s Mixed Heritage week (February 25th – March 1st) and our family is celebrating thanks to Growing Up Blackxican!
Our family is of mixed heritage. I’m Puerto Rican and my husband is Italian, Russian and Polish. We speak Spanglish and Yiddish. LOL Spanglish is a mixture of English and Spanish. Yiddish is a mixture of English and Hebrew. I’m always eager to learn about my husband’s heritage as he is about mine.
We try to keep traditions alive and know that our little one is proud of who she is and where she comes from.
My husband’s grandma and grandpa, New York – Circa 1970
I’m blessed to have my mother-in-law and aunt-in-law around to tell my daughter stories about their childhood, their traditions and their parents. My daughter keeps those special memories close and I know she will pass them on to her own children someday.
My bisabuela and bisabuelo (great grandma and grandpa), Puerto Rico – Circa 1970
I’m also very blessed to have my mother because she’s always ready to teach my young one those lessons that were taught to her by her own abuela y abuelo. Her stories, her songs, and her recipes will live forever. I think my daughter is so lucky to have her grandparents by her side.
When talking about our identity, it’s important to keep an open mind and an empty stomach. The delicious meals that come from all of our kitchens are amazing to say the least. Being diverse is beautiful! When I asked my little one what she liked the most about being mixed she said “I love my hair because it’s like mami’s hair and my eyes because they’re like daddy’s. 🙂
Big thank you to GUB! Follow the #GUBMixedHeritage all over your social networks for photos, tweets and status updates all about mixed heritage.