A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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Nov. 14, 2008 — I’m finally getting back into my regular routines after our trip to California, still savoring all the great connecting and visiting that happened there. Kelly went to a week-long natural building building conference while I made the rounds of family and a few dear old friends. We both started and ended in San Francisco, where our daughter lives, and I was also in Berkeley and Sonoma County, both places where I lived long ago.

Let’s see, in my family, I saw my daughter (step-daughter actually but I call her either one) and her partner, my niece and her three kids with a glimpse of her husband, my sister-in-law, two nephews who are brothers, (one with wife and two daughters, one a new baby), another nephew with a wife I’d never met, two former brothers-in-law, and the new wife of one of these fellows.

Sounds very Mexican, don’t you think? I’m resisting the temptation to draw out a family tree for you, but when I planned out the itinerary, I was aware of how Mexico has affected me. Family is so important here that it has become more important to me too. I also saw five old friends who are like family to me.

We Americans tend to scatter geographically and our family life pays a price. There’s also the matter that many (most? all?) families have dysfunctional aspects. Still, getting older, I find that my family means more to me than it did in the past. I am connected to these people in ways that have such deep roots.

One ex-brother-in-law was newly out of the hospital from a successful cancer surgery. I hadn’t seen him in close to 20 years. Don’t think I’ll wait that long again to go back to my old stomping grounds. In fact, I briefly entertained fantasies of living again in Sebastopol, California. (I used to run the public library there and when I stopped in, both librarians there remembered me. Nice!) But I don’t think I could afford California nowadays.

Back home in San Juan Cosala, I’ve chatted with various Mexican friends. They understand perfectly why I would make a trip that was all about family. (Well, a bit of shopping too, but even that was with family!)

Comments from the old blog:

  • At November 19, 2008 10:46 AM,  Anonymous said…

    Hi,i have a question for anyone who can answer it.Im going to be moving to mexico in a month or 2.ill be living in montemoralos with my boyfriend and our son he is 3 months.i want to know can he get his shots in mexico.

  • At November 19, 2008 2:22 PM,  Rosana Hart said…

    Mexican babies get their shots so I am sure your little guy can too. They might have a slightly different schedule or exact type of shots used.

    Enjoy your new life! You probably know how much Mexicans love babies!

  • At November 24, 2008 6:33 AM,  1st Mate said…

    Your post made me just a little homesick for northern California; I lived most of my life there, in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. My son’s still in Petaluma. But I don’t think I could afford to live there anymore either. Nice to visit, though.

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