Crazy Cuban Anti-Aging Trick (Video)

Note: Today is my mother’s birthday. Because she puts up with me and loves me, she is allowing me to publicly share a story at her expense On.Her.Birthday. If that is not motherly love, I don’t know what is.

A couple of years ago, my mom stopped smiling in photographs. When I called her on it, she told me she did it so her wrinkles wouldn’t show. Now, the crazy irony of this is that thanks to splendid Cuban DNA, the woman — whose age I won’t tell you ’cause she’ll kill me — isn’t wrinkled.

Lately, the non- or small-smile poses have been coupled with her putting her hand to her chin or cheek, to pull back the “wrinkles.”

So despite our making fun of her — we make fun of each other a lot in Cuban families — she has persisted. And persisted despite her two sisters public and repeated mocking of her. Witness, the following photographs. My Mami is in the yellow and had no idea her sisters were posing like her.

So, last week in Miami my mom, my daughter, my aunts and their childhood friend, Amanda, and I were out to lunch when we held a public intervention in a small restaurant off of Flagler Street.

I think we fixed her. She sent me photos of herself yesterday, smiling broadly.

Watch the video to see the hilarious, Cuban-style intervention.

Love you, Mami. And, Tias, thanks for the laughs.


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By Carrie on October 18, 2010 · Posted in featured, the habla habla

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Posted on October 18th, 2010

Tracy says:

Oh my gosh! Too much fun! I love when my family gets to laughing around the table like that. This is hilarious and her smile is beautiful so I’m glad you had the intervention!
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Posted on October 18th, 2010

Denisse - Ahorros para Mamá says:

LOL This is so funny, my grandma does something very similar. She puts her hand under her chin, like covering her neck and we are always teasing her about it but she says it’s her way of looking younger. LOL

Let’s just not laugh TOO much about it because in a few decades we will be caught doing the same thing without even noticing! lol
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Posted on October 18th, 2010

Raul Ramos y Sanchez says:

Amazing! My mom does something similar. She lifts her chin and turns profile, to smooth the skin on her neck she explains. When forced with a front-on shot, she advises to only smile with your mouth, not your eyes. That’s where the wrinkles show.

Posted on October 18th, 2010

Tia Mirtha says:

Ahy Carrie, como me he reido mirando este video. La verdad que la pasamos bien en la intervencion.

Posted on October 18th, 2010

Mica says:

Ay Carrie, thanks for sharing. I have been ‘coja’ without my mom and tia so this made me smile. We cuban women are something else!

Posted on October 18th, 2010

Marta says:

Tia Mirtha,

Cuanto me hubiera gustado estar con ustedes! Como se han divertido!
Todas son DIVINAS!!

Besos,
Marta
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Posted on October 18th, 2010

Carrie says:

Tracy, you see, we all have a little crazy we can write about! I want your Suegra on video!

And, Mami will be thrilled with the compliment!

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Carrie says:

Denisse, until I read yours and Raul’s comment, I had no idea las mujeres did this at a certain age!

I guess I better decide now which is my better side in photos! A prepararme!

You must show this to your grandma…

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Carrie says:

Raul, seriously, I thought this was just my mother’s thing…and now I see it is a trend among las mujeres!
You must “introduce” your mom to my mom, and Denisse’s grandma!

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Carrie says:

And, Tia…it looks like we fixed her based on her smiling birthday pictures!

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Carrie says:

Mica, I love how you put it: “Coja.” I get it. Abrazos…

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Sheyla says:

How funny! Como me he reido! Love you guys!

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Yoly says:

I’ve always called that, The “HIDE THE PAPA” technique! Guess what? Even I do it.

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Liz says:

OMG I laughed so much. This was hilarious & cute. You’re mom is a great sport. Que Dios la bendiga y que siga posando, lol.

Posted on October 19th, 2010

Carrie says:

Need to get you on video!

Posted on October 20th, 2010

Carrie says:

Yoly, you crack me up! Wish we had met in Miami last week.

Posted on October 20th, 2010

Carrie says:

Never fear, Liz…My mami will posar forever!

Posted on October 20th, 2010

Melanie (ModernMami) says:

I wonder if my mom would let me post videos of her? They have some crazy stories too. Your mami is right though. I saw no wrinkles! LOL
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Posted on October 28th, 2010

LaF-F says:

OMG…my father does that in his headshots! Does that mean he is a secret mamita cubana? Ay mi madre!

Posted on November 17th, 2010

Gabriela says:

jajajaja. My (great)Tia Nelva does this too. She once said she gave herself a “25 cent face lift” for her work id photo by using a office rubber band to hold-up her double chin! Too funny, I can’t believe this is a common thing among abuelas and tias!

Posted on November 18th, 2010