El Gringo

There's another Gringo in town.

He's been here about as long as I have.  Maybe even longer.  I'm not really sure. 

Our paths have crossed on a couple of occasions, but we've only exchanged pleasantries.

"Buenos dias."

"Buenas tardes."


"Good Morning."

Not to mention the occasional head nod from across the street.

At each chance encounter, we've never spoken more than a few words.   

But the other day, something changed.

I ran into El Gringo on my way home from walking one of the kiddies to school.

Hellos were said, as were good morning greetings.

On any other day that would have been the extent of our exchange and we each would have continued on our merry way. 

But this time was different.  I wanted something more. I needed more.

And it wasn't because I felt the need to speak English to someone other than Hubby and my 20-something year old neighbors.

It was more than that.

So as we stood there under los portales, I asked him how he was and how the weather was treating him.  El Gringo was kind enough to answer my questions and in turn asked me a couple of questions as well.

Small talk, I know.  But it was a start.  I did manage to learn a couple of things about him.  Maybe next time I might even learn his name.

To quote Humphrey Bogart, " I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."


  1. Does he have a family?  I think it's nice that the two of you had a short conversation.  Definetly keep us posted.  :)

  2. How cool is that?! I'm like a bloodhound. *LOL* I can sense another Mexican a mile away. And trust me, if you saw where I live, it's like a super-human power. I hope you get the 411 on this guy. Hope you have a fab weekend, amiga. <3

  3. Love it. Good for you for starting a conversation.

  4. Yesterday, my three year old little friend whose mommy is with me alot came running into our kitchen. She was screaming, Gringa, Gringa, Gringa! Apparently a blonde, American friend of mine was at the door. She was so startled. I wonder if she really knows I am a gringa, too! 


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