Reflecting on 2012: The year of becoming an adult

As 2012 comes to an end and 2013 is upon us like many others I have been doing a lot of reflecting.

2012 was a decent year. I know at the end of the year many are ready for the year to end and to start a new one. There have been some crappy things that have happened this year and there have been some good things. Nothing super major on either end.

For the past couple of years I have been focusing on my relationship with my grandpa, my dad’s dad, who is 91.

And I feel like 2012 was the year I became a winner with my grandpa. I call my grandpa regularly, occasionally write and whenever I am in town visit at least once or twice.

In June my grandpa had to have surgery where he had a tumor removed from his colon. I decided that it was important for me to go home to be there for my grandpa, my dad and me.

I spent as much time with my grandpa before the surgery and after. He came through the surgery like a rock star!

I was at the hospital all day the day of surgery, … Continue reading

Mi familia

I spent a good amount of time last week at the hospital visiting my grandpa. (I was there every day for four days in a row. I also visited with him twice the day before he headed to the hospital.)

Last Tuesday my grandpa had surgery. I spent between 6-7 hours in the surgery waiting room. That’s a lot of people watching.

I am 75% Mexican American. I have a mother who is 100% Mexican American and a father who is 50% Mexican American; 25% Czech American; and 25% Irish American. (My grandpa is 50% Czech American and 50% Irish American.)

I identify with all parts of my ethnic upbringing. The most prominent, of course, is being a Mexican American.

I observed a couple of different Mexican families in the waiting room. Family is very important to Mexicans and Mexican Americans. (I realize it is important to other cultures as well. But I observed the love and loyalty of Mexican families last week. And Tucson is full of them.)

According to this Kwintessential link, the family is at the center of the social structure. Families are still generally large. The extended family is as important as the nuclear family since … Continue reading