web analytics
Black Velvet
December 16, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 17 Comments

Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
The …

Read the full story »
casa + cultura

The sabor of Latino living.

dichos + del alma

Inspiration and reflection.

el buzz

News and pop culture.

foto + video

See us. See yourself.

the habla habla

Our stories.

Home » random posts, the habla habla

Running on Cuban time

Submitted by on May 18, 2009 – 3:09 am2 Comments

clocks

These clocks are in my kitchen. They read from left to right like this:

~ Hanalei, Hawaii – our favorite place in the islands.
~ Mission Viejo, California – where we live.
~ Habana, Cuba – where I’m from.
~ Brighton, England – where my husband’s family is from.

Not that clocks mean much to Cubans. We like the concept of “-ish.” As in, “we’ll be there around 3-ish.”

In Spanish, it’s y pico.” “Nos vemos a las 3 y pico.”

Although I hate being late, I like the idea of a more flexible time base. It feels more abundant somehow.  There’s plenty of time!

My kids move a little bit slow in the mornings.  Because we homeschool, there are no bells to adhere to, but I still prefer that they get started earlier.  That way, our school day is over sooner.

They are in the kitchen making breakfast.  And I ask what’s up with them that they are so slow today.

“We’re running on Cuban time today, Mom.”

They know too much.

Share, por favor!

2 Comments »

  • Raul says:

    Marta, I love the idea of the different clocks! I’m getting mine ready: New York, Sevilla, Tucson.

    We always seem to run on modified-Sevilla-New York time: Spanish “pico” with a dash of New York insane stress :)

    Saludos!
    Raul

  • Lisel Laslie says:

    Marta- the clocks are a great idea. Living in a definately non-Latino area for the last 20 years or so…I had been broken of the Cuban time – y pico…until I had kids.
    Now I am back to the ways of mi gente. It’s a big joke among friends and even my boss. The funny thing is they tell me that at least I am consistent…I am always late!

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.

CommentLuv badge