Love it when one of my blog posts inspires ya’ll to send me a suggestion…this blog post is presented in conjunction with my great friend and colleague, Christian de La Cruz … I’ll start off this post with Christian’s comentarios:
“Can you do one on the “Power of the Chancla” , and no I am not joking.. My mom used to throw her chancla at me when she would see me bite my nails ( I know..nasty habit”) or she would threaten me with the chancla when she knew I was up to something… “andale cabron, siguele y te tiro la chancla” LOL
We have all grown up and threatened with all kinds of madness starting with El Cucuy and La Llorona … sure those two might have been out there in the dead of night but did you ever see them face-to face? The one thing we have ALL seen at one time or another is “La Chancla”. Soft chanclas fit so comfortably in one’s hand so that the impact is immediate with little effort across the side of one’s head, bottom, or legs. The harder chanclas are the best for throwing across a room — duck fast or you can be hit by a flying chancla — then again, that was likely the intention, que no?
My Aunty Vina (RIP) used to tell my Grijalva cousins, “you want the shoe?” LOL and let’s not forget the mighty “manguera” water hose that was broken out from time to time!
What about Hot Wheel Tracks? My Aunty Jenny (RIP) was a master at holding them in such a way that, once you saw the track, you settled down QUICK. And we will NEVER forget the time that she actually USED the Hot Wheel Track!
Anyone get the ‘vara’/tree branch? My friend Mario used to tell the story about his Mom asking him to go a pull off a branch from the tree for her, so there he goes, todo happy…only to return the ‘vara’ to his Mom which was then subsequently used to whip him por ‘travieso’ LOL
If you didn’t put your head up right in the morning while your hair was being combed — and MANY of us had LONG hair which had to be braided or put into ponytails daily — you ran the risk of getting thumped on the head with the hairbrush!
The belt? How many times did we hear “lemme get that belt” … and that was ALL we needed to hear to stop driving our parents crazy!
I’ve heard of folks experiencing getting hit with spoons, celery stalks, “matamoscas” flyswatters, ironing board cords, you name it … and, as long as it was done in “fun” and not at an abuse level, war stories of what parents were willing to do to keep us in line can make for a fun time with more than smiles, but straight-up ‘carcajadas’/laughs!
But the ultimate equalizer, to this day, for many of us, remains “La Chancla” … I mean how ‘rancho’ can you get?! And when you’re older and you remind your parents about the “chancla” – it’s usually veeery funny!
I have no children so my question for all of you parents who grew up “espantados”/afraid of certain types of footwear … do you now threaten your kids with “la chancla”?