Growing up, my Spanish-speaking abilities were heavily lacking, which always made communicating with my abuela a real struggle. She took care of my sister and I, her apartment was always spotless, she made amazing food and she loved her novelas, but other than what I could see on the surface, there wasn’t much I knew about this woman I called “Wela.”
Even at a young age I became interested in knowing as much about her as possible. I’ve been blessed with a grandmother whose memory is razor sharp, and over the years, as my Spanish improved, I took the time to finally get to know the woman who I always felt harbored a bunch of stories I was longing to hear.
If you’re fortunate enough and still have an abuela in your life, take the time to really get to know her. Learning about your abuela’s past can be humbling and inspiring with stories that you can continue to share in the years to come. I thought I’d know exactly what her stance would be on key issues like love and dating, but she definitely threw some curve balls my way. Here are some of the best questions I’ve ever asked my grandmother.