He was walking to his university and passed Liliana on the street. They said hello to each other and as Hugo watched her walk away, he knew.
“I saw her going away and I thought, ‘She’s my girl. This is the one I want to be my wife.’”
Soon Liliana told her father she didn’t want to live at school anymore. She wanted to live with her grandma. That way she could see Hugo more often, although she didn’t tell her dad that. Her friends began to notice Liliana was spending quite a bit of time with her tutor.
“My girlfriends would say, ‘Why do you go with the old man?’” Liliana laughed.
Liliana had feelings for Hugo, no matter how old they each were.
A few days shy of Liliana’s birthday, they were sitting at a park, and Hugo asked her a question.
“He told me, ‘I want to marry you, what do you think?’” Liliana said. “I said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know how to do anything. I don’t know how to cook and I don’t like to. I don’t know if I’m the one for you.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll learn.’ And I said yes.”
They realized that they came from similar backgrounds, and that the time was right for both of them to be together. Liliana’s parents were divorced and Hugo’s father was a widow who lived and worked in Santiago.
“He was alone, I was alone. In that moment, maybe, we needed each other,” Liliana said.
Hugo had similar feelings.
“I thought that I could be with her and be confident that we want the same thing,” he said. “A family. Both of us haven’t had a real family. We wanted what we’d never had.”