Jan 072016

Oh, to be young again!

I remember…
winter coats, really thick colorful gloves and rosy cheeks. My youngest brother and I playing in the snow without a care in the world. 

We’d come inside to hot chocolate and yaniqueque. We loved the snow then. 

I remember…
eating corn chips or Wise potato chips after getting picked up from school. 

We’d go to local parks and have a picnic with mom and dad. 

I remember…
the 25-cent blow pops we’d get from the liquor store whenever my dad went to play the lottery. 

And shortly heading over to my aunt Chea’s house where she’d have a variety of Entemann’s cakes waiting for us, and a cold beer for my dad. 

I remember…
Saturday food shopping trips to Shop Rite and waiting in line. 

My father always got us chocolate from the waiting aisle. Snickers for me, Butterfinger for my youngest brother and M&Ms for my two brothers who were home. 

I remember…
visiting family friends in Jersey City and hearing “sopa de caracol” as their eldest came in through the door. 

And raiding their candy jar. It was for my brother and I anyway.

I remember…
wanting to be a doctor, teacher, actress, criminologist, writer and then publicist. 

I stuck to writer in college. 

I remember…
wearing flower shirts and pants. 

My brothers had a blast with that. 

I remember…
ripping my pants one day while climbing over the fence. 

My mom wasn’t too happy about my tomboy ways. 

I remember…
doing whatever I could to get myself out of going to dance class. 

And somehow I graduated at 18. 

I remember…
not wanting to go to an all-girl Catholic high school and hating my mom for forcing me to do so. 

But that’s where I met the godmother of my sons. 

I remember…
all the sacrifices my parents made for us. 

And they are a lot similar to the ones we do for our own kids today. 

What childhood memories come to mind when you think back to your younger years? 

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

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