Gillo de oro

In Attire

Often families have traditions taken down from generations to generations, but often the cases aren't the same. My family has a weird tradition, well it's more of a symbolism, the coming together of a newborn in the family. In my family, before you leave the hospital as a newborn you're obligated to leave with a gold ankle bracelets on your tiny 3 day old feet. And if the bracelet doesn't fit you don't worry cause in two weeks, “estarás grande y fuerte,” in other words it'll fit you eventually. Since birth in most of the pictures of me I had the little bracelet, it was just part of me a part that I had to be proud of and continue to be. Coming from a Dominican decent you are taught to be proud of your roots and if you had older siblings don't worry you already had your gold bracelet in hand. My mom had the luck of buying just one bracelet and since outgrowing the bracelet is common, the bracelet is now in the hands of my 6 year old little sister, but she currently struggles to understand why she has this little gold ankle bracelet 24/7 everyday.

Place(s): Dominican Republic
Year: 2009

– YT

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child