When your parents come to visit, expect mutterings under their breath about how famished they are.
When you’re dating a Latino, your whole sense of time is adjusted. Latinos take their offspring absolutely everywhere. My parents left my sister and me in a hotel room in Thailand in the 80s while they went to watch a show.
Latinos have no sense of urgency and zero sense of punctuality, so forget trying to instil this in them. Irrational jealousy is the one of the things Latinos do best, so if you haven’t had your first fight for looking at someone else yet – then prepare yourself. You’ll be tired and unable to find the right word when you need it.
As a Canadian woman who married a Mexican man and stayed in Mexico City for him, I have a lot of opinions about dating Mexican men.
While Mexican men have a reputation for being super macho, this is not always the case.
While everyone had the hots for the unbelievably stunning Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), I appreciated Sucre’s mexicanism more.
Then came Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) from Prison Break.
That they forget your anniversary or Valentine’s Day, or you have to be present at every single family member’s birthday party.
Even distant cousins and friends of distant cousins.
Once you’ve got a few family gatherings under your belt and struggled to get your opinion across, one of two things will happen.
You’ll either give up and sit muted in the corner (but that won’t go down well with the MIL) or you’ll get louder.
Canadian men are more politically correct on the outside perhaps, but not on the inside.
A Mexican man may just up and say what a Canadian (or American or European) man is thinking.
So if your own family and friends ask you to pipe down when you’re having a conversation don’t be surprised.