The Cemeteries are Full of Good People – And Gluttons


I had a conversation about proverbs they had learned from their families with three female employees at a local taco shop during one of the less busy times of the day.  Mercedes Rodriguez, 42, Maria Lopez, 23, and Rosalba Valdez, 18 each consider themselves Mexican.  Rosalba was the only one born in the United States, though she is a second generation immigrant.  When Mercedes would over eat as a child, her mother would cluck her tongue and tell her this proverb.


De límpios y de tragones están llenos los panteones.

Transliteration: Of the clean and of the gluttons the cemeteries are full.

Translation: The cemeteries are full of good people – and gluttons.


Mercedes came from a relatively impoverished, working family.  Consequently, within the family unit, greed and taking more than needed was looked down upon as a sin.