La Loteria: A Favorite Family Pastime

20 May

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I find myself waking up wanting to play “La Loteria” with my kids, forget the breakfast, forget the cleaning, forget catching whatever is on tv.  For those of you who are not aware, this game is popular in the Hispanic community, specifically for Mexican-Americans.  It’s basically a Mexican version of American bingo played mainly with dry beans or pennies to mark the squares.  These squares have several different pictures ranging from a topless mermaid (this one always brings out giggles) to a bright red devil.  Most often we gamble, small amounts of change, nothing big and we call it “el poso” or “the pot”.  Whoever gets bingo wins the pot of course.  I am writing about this because it brings about many memories.  Some are sad because many of the family members I use to play with are not here with me anymore, but most are happy memories, memories of the fun, the laughter, the winnings, the losings.  I want my kids to grow up with these same type of happy memories.  We are big on tradition and this game is definitely that, tradition.  So for now,  forget all the little things that have time to wait and bring on “La Loteria”, for these memories are waiting to be made and I am here now to make sure my kids are a part of it.

“Dedicated to all my family who has these same cherished memories.”

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