Welcome to WEEK 37 of #ChingonaFest Fridays on Aspiring Mama. If you’re new to the blog, here’s the link to the my Latina Dimelo column that sparked the conversation that’s still going strong. The premise is this: I want to raise my daughter to be a Chingona — on purpose; Las Tias and cultural backlash be damned. If you like the column, I’d love for you to share with your social media circles, leave a comment on the link, or whip up a happy lil’ Letter to the Editor telling them how you feel and send it off to Editor@Latina.com. You may not think that kind of thing makes a difference, but trust me when I tell you that it does.
Today’s featured Chingona is my sister-from-another-mister, Eileen-Carter Campos of Mommyteaches.com. Girlfriend is amazing and has shown me so much love in my #Babyfat book launch that I just had to get her on the blog as soon as possible. AND HERE SHE IS.
Pauline M. Campos: Chocolate or vanilla?
Eileen Carter-Campos: Chocolate hands down!
PMC: I knew we must be related. There’s proof! Favorite book and why:
ECC: Too many to decide especially children’s books!
PMC: What’s your favorite quote?
ECC: A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. — Forest E. Witcraft
PMC: I love that one. Who inspires you?
ECC: My father has inspired me from day one. My children are a constant inspiration and my driving force.
PMC: Girl, if I didn’t KNOW you I’d wonder if someone can really be a walking spanglish Hallmark card. BUT I DO AND THIS IS ALL REAL! I love it. Who is it you hope to inspire?
ECC: I hope to be an inspiration for anyone who speaks with me. I really think even through a short conversation you can be inspiring to others!
PMC: Hell yeah! Do you dream in color or black and white?
ECC: It varies on my mood and who and what I am dreaming about.
PMC: I always dream in color. Quick! One takeaway you want your children to hold onto after they've grown and flown the nest…
ECC: That it’s important to be HONEST and always TRUE to yourself!!
PMC: I adore you, sister-girl. One childhood memory that has stuck with you...
ECC: So many beautiful memories of my childhood but one that sticks with me and drives me is the memory of my dad waking up every morning and modeling STRONG work ethics. He was an entrepreneur and he was a police officer in a very rough area in Brooklyn, NY.
PMC: My dad was amazing, too. I’m really feeling this one. Do you think in English, Spanish, or Spanglish?
PMC: Me TOO. What’s your favorite dish? Why?
ECC: Sometimes I swear I am Mexican, Italian and of course I love the typical Puerto Rican dishes but especially made from my family members.
PMC: Shut up! You ARE Mexican. Remember, SIS???? Do you feel "Latina enough”?.
ECC: I have always FELT ORGULLOSA de ser Latina. You’re NEVER enough!!! hahaha… I am who I am and I am enough for me!!]
PMC: And you I truly believe mean it when you say it. Next! You have the chance to eat dinner and drink wine with one person, living or dead. Who is it, what do you eat, what kind of wine, AND WHY THAT PARTICULAR PERSON?
ECC: I would choose my dad who is deceased. We would eat Italian food from lenny’s Clam Bar in Howard Beach, drink some red wine and talk about everything he missed. My dad because I really would have loved for him to meet our boys and see where I am now.
PMC: Now I wanna go to the clam bar. Speaking of food…Do you chew your ice cream? (Or is that just a Me thing?)
ECC: I have to chew my ice-cream it just tastes so much better! :)
PMC: MY SISTER-GIRL! YESSSS!
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