Growing up in Santa Ana meant church, cerveza and Chivas. 

You remember coming here every weekend

No matter what hipster kids call it these days, you’ll always know it as “La Cuatro.”

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Most of your threads came from this place

Your mom always knew where to score the best deals on your school uniforms!

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You cried when you found out the carousel was going away

Remember begging your parents for a ride on the “caballitos?” 

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You remember when this store opened up in your hood

It’s like a Mexican Costco!

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And your parents went like this

“Mirá los especiales…”

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You dreaded Sunday mornings

“En el nombre del padre y del hijo y del espíritu santo…”

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Until after church…

Sundays meant stuffing yourself at a local fast food joint.

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Your life was all about soccer

AYSO? Nah. You played for Monarcas!

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But was no match to your dad’s passion for futbol

When your dad wasn’t working, he’d watch soccer. And he had his loyalties.

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Your mom would take you to dirt-cheap hair salons

You’ll never understand how anyone could pay more than $10 for a haircut

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This was your dad’s cart when shopping for your little brother’s baptism party

There’s some carne asada in there, somewhere.

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You might have even taken a sip

“No le pasa nada”

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Your dream was to climb up this water tower

Maybe also take a swim inside?

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This homie always came through for you

PALETAS!

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BONUS

Your parents would shop at El Toro Market

“El que no conoce El Toro no conoce Santa Ana.”

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Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:52:47.

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