“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

“Not the Nanny” Syndrome is Multi-Generational

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, we just had a huge baby shower for my cousin who is expecting her first child. We’re the same age so the fact that she is having her first child now was truly a cause for celebration, so my entire extended family descended upon Philadelphia for the shower. And of course, the three-hour shower turned into a three-day, non-stop party. So, one day during the festivities, my mother and one of my play aunties, who happens to be a caramel-colored Colombian woman in her fifties, took…

Ms. Meltingpot is Going to London!

Ms. Meltingpot is Going to London!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Guess what? I got the job! No, I’m not leaving my Temple gig. I applied to be the advisor for our London summer program and I just found out I got the job. Summer 2014 the Kinky Gazpacho family will be eating fish & chips, riding the tube and generally having a jolly good time getting to know the city of London. The course I will be teaching is all about London’s diverse multicultural communities. There’s going to be a lot of touring around trying to show…

Is Ms. Meltingpot “Maxed Out?”

Is Ms. Meltingpot “Maxed Out?”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I don’t know if you all know that I’m on the tenure track here at Temple University, which means there are a lot of hoops I have to jump through in the next two years in order to keep my job. I also, as you know, have three fantastic children, a husband who is trying to finish his PhD and an old house that loves to fall apart at the most inopportune times. I love my life, really I do, but last week I developed this mysterious…

And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember When Babygirl Was Born?

And Speaking of Labor Day…Remember When Babygirl Was Born?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I hope you’re having a labor-free Labor Day. I’m trying really hard not to work too much. But just for kicks, how about a trip down memory lane, when I actually went in to labor to birth babygirl. It seems so long ago when I look at her two-year-old face now, but at the same time, I still remember every agonizing moment of the marathon of her labor. Who am I kidding? That was the fastest labor ever, but it still hurt like hell. Anyways, enjoy and…

Look What I Bought!

Look What I Bought!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, All summer long, I was trying to teach my kids the value of money. So, we literally saved every penny we found on the street with the goal of purchasing something we all really wanted. Once you start looking, it’s amazing how many people walk over money in the street…if it’s a penny. Well, all of our pennies (and a few quarters, nickels and dimes) were enough to purchase half of a Vitamix blender. I added the other half of the funds and voila, we are officially…

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free: The Way We Eat Now

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free: The Way We Eat Now

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, this weekend we celebrated all three of our Kinky Gazpacho kids with a family party at casa nuestra. My parents came up, my sister, brother and cousins were here. We had a full house and it was really lovely. El esposo manned the grill and my mom and I made a bunch of lovely salads. And then there was the cake issue. I think it is only fair that since I make all three kids share one birthday celebration, that at least they get their own…

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Wednesday Round-Up:Selena Gomez, Really?, “The Burden of Being Black,” & Babygirl’s Birthday!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Today is a special day in the Kinky Gazpacho household. It’s babygirl’s birthday! I can’t believe she’s two already! I can still remember the day I found out I was pregnant with her, yet interestingly, I hardly remember the whirlwind that was the first 24 months of her life. Luckily, I write things down, so I can always go back an re-read what really happened. Here’s a re-cap of her birth story, if anyone else wants to trip down memory lane with me. And even though I’m…

It’s So White in Wisconsin

It’s So White in Wisconsin

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Funny thing happened when we were in Wisconsin. Both of my sons, on separate occasions, commented on how there were so many White people in Milwaukee and so few Black people. And this was while we were at our family reunion. Note: My family is Black (with a few White and Asian folks sprinkled in for color). The boys were struck, however, by the seemingly majority White population in the public spaces we visited outside of reunion activities. You know, like at the mall and the grocery…