1. The mere site of a chancleta strikes fear into your heart.
2. You question people who aren’t ride or die for cortaditos and coladas.
3. Celia Cruz made the soundtrack to your childhood.
4. Breakfast isn’t real unless it involves a pastelito, croqueta or tostada.
5. Your mom is in a constant panic about the weather. “It’s raining over here. Is it raining where you are? Ten cuidado.”
6. You’ve mastered the art of Spanglish and speaking with your hands.
7. However, you haven’t gotten a handle on lowering your voice. You’re at a permanent level 10 and people have learned to deal.
8. You get excited about “¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.?” reruns on PBS. And yes, it’s still an accurate depiction of Cuban living despite it being 30-plus years old.
9. Asando un puerco is your favorite part about the holidays.
10. You had tremendo Quinces. Bonus points if you perfected a rueda with your court.
11. You think guayaberas are perfectly fine attire for most (if not all) events.
12. Angels weep over your abuela’s flan.
13. You’re still not over Elian being sent back. It happened more than 10 years ago, but you simply can’t let it go.
14. People have gotten used to you being late. That, or they just lie about the ACTUAL time you’re supposed to show up.
15. Willy Chirino’s “Tu Cumpleaños” was played at every single birthday party you attended. And you wouldn’t have it any other way.
16. You know that merengue is not just a type of music.
17. You’ve shopped at Sedano’s or Presidente Supermarket.
18. You’re well versed in Jose Marti poetry. Zapaticos de Rosa and Cultivo una Rosa Blanca were totally your jam back in the day.
19. You get mildly offended when people confuse the Cuban and Puerto Rican flags.
20. You’ve actually spent time in Cuba and appreciate what you have, and more importantly, where you come from.