Residence: Tucson, Arizona
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/15/19
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): None
Is this tale well known in Puerto Rico?
L.O. – “Nah, this is just something which was told to my father, and he told it to me.”
How does the story go?
“So, there was a man in my dad’s like, village, or his small town, and he’d just always leave his dishes on the floor after he finished eating and was watching TV. And one day he tripped, and the glass cut into his neck, and he died. *Chuckle* And that’s why you can’t ever leave your dishes on the floor. It’s funny, this is definitely something that you just tell your kids, so they’ll behave around the house and such.”
Do you live by those rules now?
“Yes, absolutely. We have like, actually kept those rules in our house. Because I used to keep my dishes all over the floor, and my dad would be like, ‘this dude injured his neck and died, don’t do that,’ and so I never do.”
When you see dishes on the floor, do you think about it?
This story served to remind this person why he should never leave dishes on the floor. For me, though, it was a reminder to always remember your roots. While that sounds cliche, it makes sense to me. Again this is a person who is completely independent from his previous life where he grew up. To think that, although one day he’ll live far away from his father, he’ll always think of that one story which was told to him, is quite sentimental. They are stories like these which we hold onto the tightest. You can also imply this story in other walks of life, using it as lessons for your children, and their children.