How I Met My Gringo Husband
I met my Gringo Husband in the lobby of the former Havana Hilton.
We were both there on assignment for two different American newspapers.
When I got back, I told friends I met a man in Havana.
They asked me how I would get him here. Um, no problem.
My family said:
“Imagine that, you went to Cuba and found a man! Ese te lo mando la Caridad.”
We have been together 18 years.
Which brings me to this: Several years ago, my group of Latin friends in Nashville had a series of parties we called “Los Mezclados” — or the “Mixed Ones.” Membership? Being a couple comprising of a Latina/o married to a non-Latino, or affectionately, “a gringo” or “gringa.” The friend, pictured left, was a prime organizer of our group.
About 98% of the couples were made up of an American man and a Latina woman and while I cannot remember completely, I think I was the only American-born Hispanic in the group.
Ah, what parties they were. Pot-luck deliciousness from all over Latin America and dancing in the living room — with furniture pushed back against the walls, claro.
My guess is more than a few Gringo Husbands were able to hang out in a corner and sympathize with each other over their marriages to las mujeres. At least that is what I would have done in their position. No siempre somos facil.
My friends always say we are going to resurrect the theme, and we really should.
I got the idea for this video when a friend from Argentina told me she and her husband met at a tango class in Patagonia — a class she didn’t even want to go to. I loved the story. From Patagonia to Nashville. That’s love! (You will see her in the video)
I realized then my friends have great stories about how they met their husbands. And, so I put a Flip in their faces and asked them to share with you.
And, it is pretty timely considering that Sofia Vergara, playing a Latin wife to an American guy in ABC’s Modern Family, has just become a poster girl for Mezclados everywhere.
I will be sure to bring the Flip to the next Mezclados…
But, first…Do you have a Gringo Husband?