connecting to my roots

Every day I get more and more excited that I will be going to Mexico this summer.  I can’t even believe it.  I am really looking forward to immersing myself into the culture and learning about how the media affects rural areas of Mexico specifically.  I mean, it has to somehow.  Here in the states, we are bombarded by the media to think a certain way, to agree with a certain person, the like a certain thing.  I’m curious to discover what the media tells them.

Something that I have thought about is whether the people will see me as an American or as a Mexican.  My guess is that I’ll be more an American to them.  Being raised in the States affected how I think, how I speak, how I dress.  But I hope that I know enough of their culture so as not to offend them or stick out like a sore thumb.  My dad is from Guanajuato and I’ve lived with him most of my life so I think I’ve got this.

My dad tells me stories of when he was younger and how he grew up in his ranchito, but that was so long ago.  I know things have changed since he left and I will probably never experience Guanajuato the way he did, but I will get a taste of it, a glimpse, and for that I am truly grateful.  I want to learn about the customs, the traditions, and especially how to cook the food.  It will be a way to connect to my roots and to understand where I came from.  I’m almost sure that my parents raised me following some of my father’s traditions from growing up so I am anxious to find any similarities between their traditions and the ones I know.

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