My parents were both born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and as far as I know that is about as Mexican as you can get, this side of the border. There are lots of Marias, Jesuses and Angelitas in our familia.
They eventually moved north to find jobs and raise eight children. We were a good Catholic family!
I grew up, attended college and a job transfer brought me out west. So you can imagine my surprise when I walked into a resort in Carlsbad and was told that the Hospitality Department was not hiring housekeepers at this time. I was so stunned that I didn't tell the receptionist that I was there to apply for an Executive position.
I was in the ladies room of a department store today and was asked if I was Hawaiian? No, I answered, I'm Mexican. "Well, you must have some Hawaiian in you." No, I'm really Mexican, 100% Mexican. "Well, you're still very pretty". Gee thanks! I think that was a compliment. I'm not sure...
How Mexican do you have to be, I wondered? I know Spanish, but I wouldn't consider myself bilingual. I love Mexican food and I like Mexican music. Is that Mexican enough for you?
I'm an actress and singer. I went on an audition for a Latino group in San Diego. I don't think they thought I was Mexican enough because I didn't know all the words to "Como La Flor" by Selena.
Last week I auditioned for one of the lead roles in "Menopause". I guess I wasn't what they were looking for either. I'm a size 10 and I think they were looking for a size 18. Gosh, I can't win!
Oh well, I'm gonna keep plugging along anyway. Cause I know what I am. Soy Mexicana. Even if I still don't know all the words to "Como La Flor".
Lisa Zion is an aspiring actress and writer. Lisa can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org