Our family is about to celebrate our two-year anniversary in Mexico. The cotton anniversary.
These years in the foothills haven’t been without disasters; they made up the bulk of them, if being honest.
After living the 17 years prior in various state & national capitals in three different countries, I was buggin’ for an underwhelming country life.
Frustrations, failures, & machete wounds aside. Here are 17 things worth loving about life in Middle of Nowhere, Mexico.
- Mornings begin with daily announcements followed by birthday wishes for 1/365th of the population & an un-licensed Chipmunk’s version of las mañanitas coming from the town’s loudspeaker. Think middle school home room; All residents of Colonia del Burro Dormilon report with a shovel for committee at 4. Today Tia Migue is serving tacos de puerco y pollo.
- Sending the kids to the store to buy beer, mid-party. They are already playing in the street, so really it’s just sending the empties along with them. Their return is always joyous & they are received like heroes.
- Watching Kingfisher and Crab go about their lives while washing the weekly dirties. Soap nut trees conveniently located overhead.
- Children & adults address their elders as tío/a ~ uncle/aunt. Children are lovingly addressed as mijo/a ~ my child.
- Visitors bring fruit.
- Remember playing in the street unsupervised wearing patched-knee flood pants and outgrown tee-shirts with irrelevant cartoon characters along with packs of other children, all on ill-fitting bicycles? Mexico still makes childhood in that model.
- Pop-up goats.
- Rusted-out wheelbarrows get second life as a mobile stove in which clay pots of beans & herbs simmer over coals.
- Sometimes, adorable baby tarantula comes in with the laundry. Not-so-baby-tarantula has to stay outside.
- The hour it gauged by the sun. Never a clock.
- Current phase of the moon is more relevant than the day of the week. The exception being market day.
- Market day! The day of abundance takes the sting out of the week’s lack.
- Guadaña & hoz are common word-stock. (Scythe & sickle; near extinct English vocabulary.)
- A couple juice boxes and bag of candy is a satisfactory birthday present. Have you ever seen a 3-year-old disappointed with her own bag of marshmallows? No. It’ll never happen.
- Evening walks.
- Mushroom foraging after the rains.
- Nature’s water park. The theme of this ride: Absolute Freedom.