My New Year's party turned into a true nightmare
Our house has always been the place where my kids and their friends come to socialize. I love having a house full of people. I feel like this is especially important to me because it fills the huge void of not having family here in the U.S. Also, as the only Latina mom of the group, it's only natural that we host the fiestas.
However, these social gatherings have been a source of friction between my gringo and me. For a typical Latin-style party to be successful you need lots of food, drinks, and loud music. My gringo wonders why we have to be the ones to host and feed everybody. My reply has been, "Mi amor, I'd rather be the host. This way our kids are here with us and I don't have to worry about where they are".
But as the kids grow older and alcohol enters the picture, these get-togethers have become a liability. For New Year's, I allowed my 17-year-old daughter to have a party with 15 of her closest friends. And the party got a little bit away from me...
Before I knew it, there were over 30 rowdy teens under the age of 21 and unbeknownst to me, they were binging on alcohol. One of the boys projectile vomited all over my rug and nearly passed out on my bathroom floor. We called his mom who not only cursed me out, but hit me and threatened to come back to kill our whole family!
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To top it off, someone from our predominantly Anglo neighborhood called the police. They nearly arrested me and what was supposed to be a fun, celebratory night turned into a nightmare.
Once again I felt like the protagonist of a classic novela. ¡Mi pobre gringo! He reluctantly agreed to host the "small" New Year's party although he had warned me that something like this was bound to happen. Although he never alluded to the fact that he had warned me many times. You know that I would've gone on and on about it! I feel so lucky to have married a gringo who brings sanity to our vida loca.
Image via Lucia Ballas-Traynor