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Running on Cuban time

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


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.

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  • 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 :)


  • 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!

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