For those that do not know me, my surname is Lopez. Say what? That can’t be right? An Asian with the surname Lopez?!
This brings up so many questions for people. So, I thought I would share my life on what it’s like to be a Lopez, to bring to a conclusion to your unanswered questions.
I am in no way, of any shape or form related to Jennifer Lopez, Mario Lopez or George Lopez. This question comes up often. If you take a look at me, I am obviously yellow and they are all obviously Latino. If lil old LiLi was related to any of these famous people, don’t you think I would be mooching off them? I wouldn’t be living in Perth, that’s for sure, and I would be lying next to a pool sipping daiquiris and possibly have a drug problem. I mean seriously, stop asking that question when it’s blatantly obvious.
Still on the Jennifer Lopez subject, when she got the nickname JLO, this caused so much drama for all the Lopez’s of the world. We would be forever branded JLO or people would think it’s ok to take our first initial and make up our own version of the nick. So mine would be L-LO…. Does that really sound good to you? Yes, I’m going to walk around calling myself L-LO. What the? For one, if I were to call myself L-LO people would think I’m a try hard. And two, how does L-LO even remotely sound as cool as JLO? Come on people! Stop nicknaming your friends with really bad versions of JLO – they don’t like it! Smiling and nodding works so well in these situations.
Oh Look it’s JLO being Asian! How Funny!
How does one Asian obtain such a prestigious name like Lopez. Ummm, you marry one – Durr!! Ok, well I didn’t marry one but there is this thing out there called inter-breeding. Mixing races is good. My grandfather was a white man. He was European, an all sort and I can’t remember all the bits he was made up of. All I can remember going over his birth certificate, was that he was part English, Scottish and Portugese. So to simplify things, I just say my grandfather was Portugese, and then I get that “oh!” answer. Is it so hard to believe that Asians have the surname Lopez? I think I’m lucky to have such a cool name because I could have ended up with name like Smith… Boring!
Ok, when I was growing up I got called Slopez. I used to think it was because people thought I was slow. I am slow in catching up on jokes and puns when people tell them, but in this instance it was because they were being racist. It was only after I left school , that I realized they were calling me a “Slope” but effectively integrating this into my name. This is how slow I am…. Now, I still maintain that all kids are annoying c%$ts and it goes to show how mean kids are. Racism is bad people! Don’t be a bastard and teach your kids not to be bastards too! Karma will get you and I hope that every racist person dies in a fire! In case you’re wondering, I am fine now but calling someone Slopez is just not on! Thumbs down!
If I ever get married (9 years and still waiting to be asked), I will not be changing my name. For one, I got it tattooed on my back and two, I think I would lose a part of myself if I lost my name. It’s like a branding and a logo for life. It’s taken me some time to be proud of the person that I am and have become. After 27.75 years on this Earth, I can say that I’m happy to be who I am and proud to be a Lopez. If I ever create a legacy for myself, I would be proud to have this name carried on for lifetimes – granted my kids taking on my name and not my future husbands’ name but you get what I mean!
Hope I’ve given you some insight to the life of a Lopez. Feel free to hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, Socialcam, Pinterest and Instagram for some LiLi fun!