May 29, 2013

Looks like she'll be here to turn 91 or 93... La Tata's back home.


On June 20, 2012 this was originally posted as Cubanos, Comida, y Chistes- La Tata's 90th?  Thankfully she's back home after her hospital "visit" or "tiempo" as she calls it, as in "time" = prison time.  heje  She's definitely a handful and still spittin' fire, but I guess that's why she's done so much in her life.  In honor of her and the many requests to know more about her, here is her 90 or 92nd bday party.  



On Saturday our family celebrated La Tata's birthday.  From a family of 12 children, La Tata is the sole survivor.  That, and the fact that she's much loved and just turned 90 made it a full house.  Imagínate, get that many Cubans together...


Master of Ceremonies was Nicanor Gonzalez,
 La Tata's first cousin on both mother's and father's side.

What can I say- it was a very small town. 





Nica was chosen because he's the chief of chistes (jokes) and an orator extraordinaire. 
 PLUS he's the one who's known La Tata the longest and is her best sparing partner. 

Among La Tata's many accomplishments is the well known fact that she had my father when she was 5.

Truly- otherwise how could she have been 29 yrs old for so long?

; )


During his homenaje he announced that we were all there under false pretenses. 
La Tata was in fact 92 years old, not 90 as she claimed. 

 Let the sparing begin!!!





      


 " ¿A esta edad me voy a quitar años?"  
"At this age I'm going to take off years, lie about my age?"

"La costumbre Tata, la costumbre."  "Habit Tata, it's habit."


Due to the reputation of both, we didn't know who to believe, but in reality it didn't matter.  We were family, together, having fun. We danced, squeezed babies and caught up on each other's lives. Que?? JU SO FONII!!! No, not everyone has Feibu y Tweety.

Besides, as I said before- get that many Cubans together and you're gonna have


COMIDA

Close up of the cake.  There were 2 other banquet tables filled with food.

CHISTES

Being Dignified with our Must Have Fans

Dignified? Who are we kidding?!?!



but most of all-


LOTS OF LOVE



Epilogue: 

After returning home, I asked La Tata what was the best part of the day.  "Well... it was such a wonderful day. The family all together, the food, the presents... but if I had to pick one thing, I'd say the best part of the gathering was it was for my birthday- not my wake."   ahuh  now you know where I get it from.



Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen.



* 2013 - This year will be a more quiet (as quiet as a group of Cubans-especially family, can be) get together.  Just my trio, their children, my brother and myself to celebrate La Tata's bday.  Considering her recent hospital stay we thought it better- not that she agrees w/us, but we thought it would be better...  ok si, read that not enough time to plan a big party.

; )  



Bohemian Babushka
Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!

20 comments:

  1. Love her spirit!!!!
    I will take a few years away every year, right on Tata!!!
    You are blessed, truly blessed
    Keep dancing together!

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    1. We truly are blessed. Gracias mija. Y A BAILAR SE HA DICHO!!! BB2U

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  2. Me has hecho recordar a mi abuelita! Qué lindas y jaraneras son nuestras viejitas verdad?

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    1. Pero por supuesto, y corre en la sangre! ; ) BB2U

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  3. Great news!! And have a huge party!

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    1. heje BB's still bushed from Hispanicize!! But we definitely will be celebrating her bday. BB2U

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  4. I am so happy to know that your grandma is better!! She deserves the best party!! Happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you- and she does! Vamos a ver que se hace... BB2U

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  5. que bonitas!
    12 children!!! Jesus!

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    1. Mary y Joseph tambien!! ; ) Unbelievable, pero cierto. BB2U

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  6. Ese abanico.... Tengo que copiar ese estilo.. Me fascina.

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    1. Las delicadezas del pasado... son bellas verdad? BB2U

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  7. So glad to hear she is back home and feeling better. Doesn't matter what age she really is, just hope that she can celebrate many more birthdays with her family! un abrazo

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  8. la tata sure has jokes ;) i love that la tata makes special cameos on your blog. me encanta concer mas de ella!! xoxo

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  9. Happy Birthday to her! I'm back she did her 'time' and is now back home. BTW! She does not look 90 or 92!

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  10. What a wonderful post celebrating life and love. I am glad that La Tata is home and surrounded by ppl like BB. Love is in the air.

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  11. So inspiring. She looks amazing! It's much better to celebrate a birthday than a wake! Wise woman! :)

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  12. It's fabulous to see your Tata doing much better and enjoying happy moments with the family! She looks so good for her age! Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos of your family. :-)

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