EDF- 2085, INTRODUCTION TODIVERSITY FOR EDUCATION. MARCH30,2012 My family in from San Juan, PR. In the 1940’s my grandparents moved to New York, NY (Spanish Harlem). They did go back and forth but most of my family lived and grew up in Bronx, NY. We TOP PHOTO IS A FAMILY CRUISE IN JULY 2011. THE now mostly live in OTHER IS GIRLS ONLY FAMILY CRUISE IN FEBRUARY 2010. THEY BOTH SYMBOLIZE HOW MY FAMILY TRIES Florida. TO FIND TIME TO SPEND TOGETHER. IT IS GETTING HARDER TO GET TOGETHER ON A REGULAR BASIS , SO WE HAVE DECIDED TO TRY AND VACATION TOGETHER. IT IS OUR WAY TO SPEND QUALITY TIME TOGETHER.
My grandparents hadseven children. Theirchildren had a total ofsixteen children. Mygeneration has a total oftwenty-seven. The nextgeneration has begun withtwo more additions. Mostof us are in Florida withtwo arriving just twoweeks ago. There are onlysix that still reside inPuerto Rico.
SOME OF US SURPRISE As a surprise in January of 2004 I attempted to get as many family members as possible to celebrate my grandfathers 82nd birthday. Not everyone was able to make it but those of us who did enjoyed the precious time we spent together celebrating. It is a day he said he would never forget because he never had a birthday party. We did not think he would be around much longer but he really has surprised us and eight years later he is still around. He has outlived my grandmother whom we all miss greatly and three of his children. This year we will begin plans to have a family reunion and are hopeful that we will have everyone and that he will be celebrating with us.
A LITTLE HISTORY OUR FLAGS Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898 due to the Spanish-American War and Puerto Ricans became US citizens in 1917. The people of Puerto Rico have chosen to not become a state of the United States.
We love to party and do not need an excuse to throw one. Music like with most any other culture is very important to us. Salsa is the music of choice for PR . We not only love to listen but to also dance to Salsa music. It is normal for us to care for our parents and/or grandparents in their old age. The thing we value the most is our families. We fight hard but never stop loving. We also value where we are from and very proud. Some people think we get offended when we are mistaken for another Hispanic culture but we are all just extremely proud of our island.
My Family Traditionsand CustomsTraditions that my family has arefor holiday and birthdays. Mostly itincludes my immediate familymembers. For the Christmasholiday we all get together at mysister’s house for Christmasbreakfast/brunch and giftexchange. This is followed bydinner at my mothers house.Where we have the traditionalfoods of rice and peas, roastpork, pasteles and salad. We neverforget our spanish desserts of flanand arroz con dulce (candies rice).All other holiday consist of mostlythe same foods except for the meatportions. For birthdays we all get acake and dinner of ourchoice, usually made by my mom.
Food is a big part of my family getting together and I hope that what my daughters see today the will continue when they have families. Family is very important and time spent together needs to be more then weddings and funerals. That is something we as a family are trying to do and it seems to be working. I am hopeful that we will continue to find ways to spend quality time with the entire family.