10) Your parents were born in Cuba
09) You, your siblings or cousins are named after a Parent/Grandparent, but your name is said with “ita” or “ito” at the end (e.g. Grandmother “Aleida”, You “Aleidita” or Dad “Jose” You “Joseito”)
08 )You understand what it means when someone says “Que Paquete” or “Quiquiribumandinga”
07) To “embarcar” doesn’t mean “to embark” to you
06) You have at least one family member or “socio(a)” who lives in Tampa
05) You have Celia Cruz’s Greatest Hits in your car
04) Any/every visitor to your home warrants the drinking of “un cafecito”
03) Any/every visit you make to someone else’s home warrants the drinking of “un cafecito”
02) Any/every “un cafecito” warrants the need for “un cigarrito” or “un tabaquito”
01) You love this country and also love el “cubaneo”, which you have the legal right to enjoy
WE GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! LET’S MAKE EVERYONE A “CUBANITA/CUBANITO”, WHY SHOULD ANYONE MISS OUT?
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY PARENTS FOR TEACHING ME THE THE WAYS OF YOUR COUNTRY WHILE LEARNING AND ACCEPTING THE WAYS OF THIS ONE. FOR INSTILLING IN US A LOVE FOR GOD AND GOOD VALUES. IT’S BEEN A TOUGH ROAD FOR YOU, BUT YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN RESENTFUL. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SWEAT AND LOVE TO SECURE A BETTER LIFE FOR US.