I am Tejana, born and raised. I grew up riding horses and fishing on my Daddy’s boat. I’d go to restaurants and order refried beans. Just refried beans. I still say “y’all” and “chanclas” and call grocery stores “H-E-B” no matter what their proper name is.
When I was little, my mom would pick me up from school and we’d go straight to her aerobics class. I’d have to sit there and watch a bunch of ladies with thong leotards over their bike shorts jam out to 90’s music. I think that’s what made me into a gym rat (exercise, not the thongs).
I was “different” for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t figure out why people liked MTV or Abercrombie. I “tried” for a while in junior high, but ended up finding a group of friends who made it more fun to be myself. I learned to surf and discovered punk rock, and finally found a scene that felt like home.
I was a nerd in high school, but didn’t spend much time studying. I could pretty much just show up and get an A. I eloped at 19. I pilgrimaged to the Galapagos Islands at 21. I went to four universities in three states before graduating with a degree in Geography from Hawaii, 3 years after graduating high school. I only applied to one law school.
Two months before graduating said law school, I became a mother. Seven months later I moved to Africa.