I always felt like something was missing. I was frustrated that I was so disconnected with my Latino roots. Even though I lived right by my German grandparents as a kid, we weren’t particularly connected to any part of our German culture, aside from the food. Food is the only thing I can really think of that I recognized that we did and it was different. I guess it’s just that America is more European, even though Mexico is so close, European lifestyles are more similar to American lifestyles. Anyway, I really made an effort to establish ties with my grandparents on my dad’s side. Since we’ve reconnected I tried to become more culturally aware of those Latino roots. We try to implement things that we didn’t get to do together but now we do. Before my Aunt Molly passed away last year, we would go to her house once a month and make tamales. It’s hard though because they are all getting old and sometimes it feels like too little too late. Things haven’t changed too much in my day-to-day life since I’ve gotten reconnected with them, but I have become more culturally aware. I try to implement some of those new things into my life, but the family reconnection has left me feeling fulfilled
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