We just finished oohing and ahhhing over family photos I brought with me from back home. I have photos dating back to my grandmothers infancy, and a couple of her parents when they were young.
Mostly tonight we looked at photos of me and my brother and all mycousins, when we all were infant -adults. Some of my Dad and his brothers and my grandmother.
Besides exclaiming "que guapo! Que guapa! Que hermosa!" (how handsome, how gorgeous!) etc etc they were also exclaiming "puro gueros, no? Toda la familia son gueros! Que guero! Que guera!" . (purely white people, right? The whole family is white! How white!)
I just find it so intriguing for a culture to use skin color as a descriptive term so much. This isnt the time to go into the differences in "race relations" here in MX and there in the US. I actually took a class in college titled "languahe and culture in Latin America" and we spent a week on Mexico and we discussed the usage of skin color (not race) here in MX. It awefully hard not to think to myself though "Why are you so obsessed with being white?" on almost a daily basis.
When we went to San Juan de Las Lagos, the family kept exclaiming "wow! Puro gueros aqui! Son bien guero aqui, no?" ("wow! Purely white people here! They are really white!")
Everytime I go outside I am advised to put on sunscreen so I dont become "bien negrita"
The other day we were sitting outside and mi suegra asked me three times to move into the shade so I didnt turn negrita.
When I get introduced to new people they always exclaim "que guera! Que guapa!
My girls are also described as gueritas , which is funny because in the States people have asked "what are they? (to which I responded "a girl!" or even "human, like me!" -On my more fiesty days)
My family here is considered pretty guero as well, so its not as if Im the only guera living here.
Hard to get used to, just another cultural difference I suppose.