Updated: Sep 16
TODAY- we begin National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15 to honor the Independence Days of so many Latin American countries, and our many Latino contributions to the U.S. The word "hispanic" doesn't properly define the Latino cultures it's meant to. Nonetheless, in these times of division, anger, battle for dominance, lets make time to really dig deeper into understanding who people like me are. We are a mixture of ancient cultures born of these lands, still connected to the indigenous roots of these lands- even if many of us are unaware of how connected we still really are. The ancient roots live in our behaviors, our customs, our passions, the mysterious ways of our grandparents. The foods, music, nuances non-Latinos associate with our culture are only the surface part of who we are. Within the song and flavors are old stories, long journeys, the blood, sweat, and tears of a people that have migrated for centuries to survive and thrive from the lands we love. We are not sombreros, we are brilliant cultures that have coexisted for thousands of years. So, please make the time to learn who I am, and why I serve those like me who struggle so unnecessarily from the omission of our modern cultures. You will hopefully discover much of yourself with us.