I have wrestled with this About Me page…what to say, how much to say, how deep to go, how to summarize me on a page— such an an important, commit-it-to-print task!
The best way for me to comply with this ‘obligatory part’ of my blog is to answer a question people often ask me with bewilderment, intrigue, admiration and fascination–“Why do you speak such good Spanish???”
Now, now…you can’t judge a book by its cover, can you.
Just because I am fair-skinned, blonde and blue-eyed doesn’t mean I can’t hold my own in Spanish, and then some.
I remember the father that remarked in astonishment to his son on his first day in my middle school classroom, “Your Spanish teacher is a blonde?!” Not too sure what he was expecting. Perhaps not a Spanish teacher with the name of Katie O’Grady.
Okay, I admit it, the shock factor is a little fun.
And so the story is this…
I am a 4th generation San Diegan, born and raised a half an hour away from the Mexican border, of Irish and Dutch descent. My Grandfather was the Chief of Border Patrol & Immigration in the 1940’s. My family has always embraced and valued bi-cultural relations. I lived and studied in Spain, have my undergraduate degree in Spanish, my Masters in Cross-Cultural Education and Curriculum Development and taught Spanish for San Diego City Schools for 12 years (many of those years as a Master Teacher); I have always had a love of the Hispanic culture, music, food, colors, texture, people, and think that if former lives exist, I was a salsa-dancing Latina in mine!
I am a lucky Mama to 13-year-old twins, girlfriend to my retired firefighter hubby Frank, living and adventuring full time in mainland Mexico since November of 2012.
The rest…well, is an ever-unfolding story of life lived out loud, free and on our own terms in this beautiful and at times rough-edged country of Mexico that we love so and have come to call home.
This blog is my creative commitment to putting to print–to record in a memorable and tangible form–these days of our lives.
Thank you for following along with the adventures of Los O’Gradys in Mexico!