CHAPTER 11Gozar la Vida: Leadership That Celebrates Life!

I TELL FRIENDS THAT I sometimes get on my knees and just thank God I was born Latina because it is so exciting and so much fun. Latinos introduced the word fiesta into our society! In a “we love people” culture where resources have been scarce, it’s easy to gather folks together; everyone brings something (we have to eat anyway); the music starts playing and … ¡Orale! Everyone is having a good time!

My working-class family didn’t have money for vacations, eating out, or entertainment. My parents didn’t have hobbies or leisure time. Their good times centered on their children, outings to parks, church events, and family celebrations. Like many other Latino mothers, however, my mom had a ...

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