Mi Burrito

A E I O U el burro sabe mas que tu. Did you ever do that exercise in Spanish class? It’s practicing the vowel sounds. It probably isn’t allowed anymore, the soccer moms would object to their precious snowflakes being told that a donkey is smarter than them.
Burrito is an interesting word. The word always makes me think of those enormous tortillas filled with rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, carnitas, and cheese  we used to eat NOB.
A burrito can also be an ironing board and a dolly. Not the kind of dolly a little girl hauls around but a hand truck to haul things with. Those are also called un diablito. I have what I call my little ol’ lady shopping cart. It’s a fancier version of the wire carts, mine is more like a big bag on wheels, complete with umbrella holder and fancy three wheeled roller. It also has a kickstand, but I fell on it once, so it doesn’t really stand up well by itself.

Yesterday, B. K. and I went shopping for fabric. We took my cart. While we were looking at oilcloth, I leaned it against a fixture.  A couple of shop girls were watching us converse in English with curiosity.  One of them thinking that she was clever, made a comment about my burrito being lame. Feeling mischievous, I turned to her and said in Spanish, “My poor little donkey has a broken leg because I fell on her.” The girl’s eyes got big as she realized that I had understood everything that she said. As we left pulling the cart after us, I started to sing “Arre, Arre mi burrito.”

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Isla Chica, I was feeling silly. They were young girls and just assumed because I was speaking English with my friend that I spoke no Spanish.


  2. Great response to the shopkeepers! Jejejejeje!!!

    Isla Chica

  3. Islagringo, I think people forget that there is a subgroup of latinos called “white hispanic” which people like me belong to. So when they see me speaking English it just doesn’t occur to them that I also speak or understand Spanish. Just like I tell people you never know who understands English, you just never know who understands Spanish.

  4. LMAO! I love it when we can turn things around on them!

  5. Merida Mikey, I guess a burrito is something that holds or carries something else. Though the carnitas kind is my fav too!


  6. But yet anothr definition for Burrito is a walker!

    Quite an interesting, diverse word.

    The definition I like best is the one filled with cheese, carnitas, and bunches of other good stuff!

  7. Jonna,the tune I learned is just a little less jaunty but I couldn’t find it.

    Dan in NC, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Markie1963, thanks,


  8. Good Grief!
    Looks like the Mexican’s have swiped “Secretariat” from Craig Ferguson’s Late night Show! Killing myself laughing after watching the video! Thanks!
    Dan in NC

  9. Both you busting the shop girls and that video had me rolling. I have a vision of you heading out of Parisiana or wherever doing that little ‘right foot, left foot’ dance and singing arre mi burrito Love it!

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