Making Tortillas is something really special for me and my mom. When we first came to United States it was hard to adapt to the new traditions one on them was the food although it is very yummy, we often missed our traditional dishes and of course our freshly made Tortillas. We eat tortillas all the time with different meals. We knew they sold tortillas where we lived, but “they don’t taste the same” that’s what me and my mom used to say. It is not a bad thing that they don’t taste the same, I can say that’s not really the important thing. For my mom and I what was really special was the time we spend making tortillas. I remember when I was 9 years old my mom started teaching me how to make tortillas, we make them with our hands. We use dough, we take a piece and clap it around until it has a circular shape, and we cook them on the griddle. In Guatemala we used to do it twice a week since tortillas aren’t sell were we lived, we had to make like 50 every week. It would take us like 2 hours, but it was a worth the time, we used to chat about everything. When we first came it was some of the first things we did, and it honestly felt the same. We still do it, and it just brings peace to us and makes us feel close to each other.
– Julenny Castaneda