Monday, February 13, 2012


TikiTiki, a community blog that I am proud to be a part of, is running my post today on "Latinaness."

I ask who, what, how, determines the definition of "being enough."

Does anyone have a right to do that? Have you ever felt excluded by a group that you identify with?

I hope you click over, and tell me your feelings on others deciding whether or not you are enough of a something to belong.

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to learn more about the woman who blogs here.

I appreciate it so very much.


  1. I can't speak for being Latina enough, however... I can speak for being wife enough, mom enough, or grandmother enough, even blogger enough. I could go on, but I'm sure you know what I mean. I don't socialize with enough people for them to personally make me feel lacking, however... I'm my own worst critic and never feel good enough to meet my own quality standards.

  2. I'm a half-and-half, and I felt the sting when I was going to school. Whites would make fun of my olive skin, and my greek friends called me little white boy. I couldn't claim either side, because I wasn't "enough" but it taught me a good lesson about looking beyond skin color.

    Now I live in a part of the country that is 96% white and mildly racist. It drives me nuts...

  3. Something I forgot to add over at TikiTiki:

    I am a "biker". Tats and piercings. I was born illegitimately. I grew up in a tavern.

    I didn't used to fit ANYWHERE in the "real" world, whether it was in school, or in the role of mother or businesswoman or what-have-you.

    I squished and squeezed and made my own fit - I am who I am and what I am and I try to be the best person I can.

    My thoughts are with ANYONE who doesn't think they fit... be good to yourself and surround yourself with people who know your worth and believe in you.

  4. I can't speak to Latinaness, but I can relate to what you wrote about belonging. I don't know anyone that doesn't want to be heard and accepted.
    You have this way of laying your heart on the line that I really, really admire.



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