I was completely oblivious to the rumpus going on around me last week while on vacation with my husband’s family. We were staying at my amazing brother-in-law’s (and his awesome husband) beautiful house at the Cape. We had just spent the day at the beach, it was close to dinner time and I could not be dragged away from the challenging cupcake jigsaw puzzle in the other room.
Everyone else (there were 16 of us) was running around the house doing their thing as I sat hunched over, trying to identify the tiny pieces in front of me. Someone once described getting a piece of a puzzle done, being equivalent to a mini orgasm…this cupcake puzzle had a 1000 pieces (just saying).
One of my sister in-laws had delivered a glass of the peach Sangria she had made (YUM) to me at the puzzle room – so all was good with the world. I had offered to help in the kitchen but was secretly hoping that I wasn’t needed and they in fact (thankfully) encouraged me to stay put.
Still completely clueless, I got up when I was summoned to the dining room for dinner. When I arrived at the dining room…SURPRISE!!!!!!!
It was like being back in the motherland! We are talking a Puerto Rican flag hanging on the window, balloons, salsa music playing in the background, more Sangria, rice with pigeon peas (trust me, they are yummy), my fave plantain dish, chimichurri sauce and more!!!
There were old pictures of me displayed on the buffet table as well as photo albums from the ‘ol days.
I had developed quite the buzz by then so I was completely overwhelmed with emotion and feeling the love.
Needless to say, the meal was delicious. My Gringa family had gone all out cooking dishes they had never cooked before, buying $8 flags at flea markets, driving two towns over looking for gluten-free cakes, slaving over chimichurri sauce and not only enduring but also dancing to the salsa music with me! Ok, the men wouldn’t dance with me, not even my son or nephew…but us gals were really getting down and shaking our hips which most definitely, did not lie!!!
In fact, our hips were being brutally honest with us and wondering who we thought we were. I was giving hip shaking lessons to my other sister-in-law and teaching her how to pretend that her shorts were a long flowy flamenco skirt she could flap with her hands.
There was more Sangria served, wine bottles opened, muscles pulled, necks realigned, joints damaged, bodies showered in sweat, music played, grinding, laughing and collapsing – to be had.
****[Side note – BREAKING NEWS: I wore my new skirted bathing suit to the beach that day and lived to tell about it, people!!!]
Turning 50 is not so bad after all!! Still 8 days to go and already the fiestas have begun!
I am scheduled to go on a two night stay with my sister and my hilarious two cousins for a girl’s getaway to celebrate more of this 50 thing, the second week in September. There should be plenty of laughter (and peeing in our pants) at that one!
With all these fiestas, ill be stumbling to my 50’s rather than swimming.
Well, I better [Big Yawn] go take another siesta so I can rest before the next fiesta.
PLEASE, DO NOT MOLESTA.