This is a continuance of what happened to me last weekend. My mind and lifestyle is so busy...way busier than I want it to be. Last Saturday, I get the kids up at 6:30 am ( no they were not happy), don't give them any breakfast or juice, pack a cart to vend at a women's retreat, race to drop the kids off at Grandma's, get to the church in downtown D.C., find nobody there, call my cousin ( the organizer) when it dawns on me to check my e-mail to make sure I'm at the right place...Right place...WRONG DAY...it was the weekend BEFORE!! urgh^#%$#@!!!.
Get back to in-laws...it's not even 9:00 am...now what do I do with these bright-eyed kids...wake up my sister and go wake up her neighbors! LOL...no joke! Spend the morning with her, then decide on a whim to go grocery shopping at a Latino market (where all the signs are in Spanish)...you can do that when you live in metropolitan area!
The kids are fascinated by the different products, the bottled soda...the fresh fish with the scales and heads still on them, and ohhhh the FRESH MEAT with all of it's FRESH SMELLS! It was a blast...even a little skirmish broke out among some customers waiting in the long meat line.
I was able to let my kids a little bit of what it's like in other cultures where shopping at the market and filleting the fish is an everyday occurrence. Yes, I chopped off fish heads and filleted us some Tilapia, made Spanish rice and fried some plantains! Dealing with the fish did require viewing step by step illustrations on the Internet though. We topped off the evening by sharing the meal with our Jamaican neighbors...who corrected my plantain frying directions!
...and NO the kids didn't have wine, they had FRESCA in wine glasses...although they did want to sniff it.
What will you do in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month?...please share in the comment section.