Mexican life

My child bride goes topless

This hombre was my father-in-law.

THERE ARE NO two abutting nations on earth that are more different than the United States and Mexico. Moving from one to another can be a jarring experience.

It is so jarring that it causes Gringos in Mexico — and Mexicans in the United States — to huddle with their own people for comfort and familiarity.

While the Gringos often crow about assimilating, blending in, the Mexicans know better. While Gringos often say they “love the culture” of Mexico, Mexicans never say that about the United States. Blame envy.

If you go further than simply moving from one nation to the other, and marry into a family from the other side, things can get more jarring or less, depending on you. It definitely provides a different perspective.

Speaking of perspectives, here are some photos my child bride recently pulled from the closet. Above is my father-in-law.  He owned a horse and a pistol, and he would pull the pistol out if necessary. He was a family physician and a surgeon to boot. I never knew him because he died over 30 years ago at the age of 61, a heart attack.

He was not, I am told, fond of Gringos.

Here are two more photos, both of my child bride in the early 1960s. I graduated from high school in 1962, so it’s clear why I call her my child bride.

Enjoying a bath in a galvanized tub.
Going topless with a goofy grin.



18 thoughts on “My child bride goes topless

  1. Thought of you yesterday as I motored from Palatka through Green Cove and then Jax. You wouldn’t recognize the place.


    1. Steve: Oh, I am sure you are correct. In 2000, I drove past what was my grandparents’ farm in southwest Georgia, the very place I lived the first six years of my life and continued to visit through the early 1980s. It was a whole new world. I didn’t care for it.


    1. Ray: I agree with you, and not for the first time.

      I have read that most men in Mexico carried sidearms on a daily basis down into the 1950s. I don’t know what changed then. Of course, now we have strict gun control, like Chicago, and with about the same results.


    2. P.S.: There is only one store where you can buy guns in Mexico. It’s run by the government — the military, I think — and it’s located in Mexico City. That’s it, one store. Lots of people think it’s illegal to own guns in Mexico, but it isn’t. You do have to jump through lots of hoops, however. And you have to go to that store in Mexico City … if you want to be legal.

      Of course, the narcos get their guns elsewhere, like from the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017.


      1. At least three times a year since I have lived here, I have been offered very nice pistols at bargain prices. Almost always by police officers who have stolen them from their original owners who also owned them illegally. I have always declined.


        1. Steve: Well, that’s interesting. I’ve never been offered a pistol. Though I would like to have one, I’m not “going there” in this country. Too risky with the authorities, and I’m too old to do hard time.

          Three times a year? That’s incredible, especially considering the fact that I’ve lived here a good bit longer than you, and nobody’s ever offered me a pistol, not even once.


  2. Your father-in-law looks like a “real” Charro in the photo and description. The government allowed them to carry guns, and if I’m not too terribly mistaken the “real Charros” still are able to in parades, etc. They garner total respect when they have all their regalia on and ride in a group. I love ’em. Child bride in the raw … bet she would let you post a current photo like those … jajaja.


    1. Peggy: That would have been a special occasion, of course. He didn’t dress like that on a daily basis. That photo was shot in either Taretan or Los Reyes, Michoacán. They lived in both places when my wife was a child, mostly the latter. As for my child bride being okay with posting a current, similar photo … not on your life!


  3. A guy on a horse with a gun. I like it. Some of us here in the nation of TX would not miss a chance to act like that. I wonder what the vaquero would have thought of the times his daughter and her gringo guy are living through.


    1. Ricardo: I wonder more about what he would have thought about his daughter marrying a Gringo. From what I have been told, he really harbored ill will toward Gringos. In part, it had something to do with how he was treated during a visit above the border long ago.


  4. Very provocative headline, Felipe ! Love that picture of your child bride’s father on horseback. Those were the days. I used to own a .306 hunting rifle for bear protection when I worked up in the Yukon. Then our government decided to crack down on guns and wanted a registry of everyone who owned a gun, including ranchers and farmers. I didn’t want to be on that list, and I was living in the woods at the time, so I didn’t sign up. Then we moved back to the city and my only recourse was to get rid of it somehow. I couldn’t sell it because I never registered the gun. So I threw it off a ferry when no one was looking. Me bad!


    1. Brent: This item had a more sedate headline when I first posted it yesterday. A few hours later, this came to me, so I changed the headline. I once worked briefly for a Rupert Murdoch newspaper in the 1980s when Murdoch was known for screaming headlines. He and his publications have since calmed down a good bit. But I enjoyed it.

      Interesting about your gun. Kind of a shame to just toss it overboard, literally. I owned a .32 revolver, a .45 automatic and an antique shotgun (from my grandfather) in Houston when I decided to move over the Rio Bravo. I just walked into the local police station with the pistols in a bag and gifted them. I took the shotgun to a gun store and sold it.


      1. I would have sold my gun but the gun registry was a knee jerk reaction to a shooting and it killed the resale value of guns. The registry wouldn’t have saved even one life because criminals don’t tend to obey laws. Mexico is a good example of that given the record number of murders last year. I’m glad to see you did a piece on the craziness going on in the USA around gun laws and the second amendment. I shall go and read it now.

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        1. Brent: Criminals tend not to obey laws indeed. There is yet another of the excellent reasons why gun-control laws are bad ideas. They just make it hard for honest people to purchase protection.


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