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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June 24, 2005 — I find I’ve been mulling over my life in Mexico a lot in the last few days here in the US. We are still trying to figure out just how we want to lead our lives… I’m surprised at how many people that I chat with in my small town (Crestone) here in Colorado assume that we will be here six months of the year and there six months. If they ask me if that’s what we’ll do, I just smile and “We’re working on it.”

It’s not quite that cut and dried.

Kelly and I are really delving into what’s important to us. What do we want to be doing and how is it is different from what we are doing now? Kelly is beginning to be better known internationally for his knowledge of natural architecture and sustainable building, and he may be doing a lot more traveling worldwide. Where would I want to be if he’s off for several weeks? I might want to go on some of the trips but not all.

Sometimes the sense of community in this town where we’ve lived since 1996 is so rich and sweet that I can hardly even imagine leaving again at all! But I know from experience that when it starts turning really cold again, I’ll want to be out of here.

And then I think of the sense of community in Mexico. Even though we were certainly on the fringes of it (which was nice in not understanding the small town politics that must exist there as they do here), we were welcomed so warmly.

I’ve noticed that when I’m talking with people who have been to Mexico the conversation is more vivid and alive than when I’m talking with people who don’t really have that much sense of what it’s like.

What DO I want to do? Hmm,I want to love and to learn… Getting more specific, I want to keep writing… I want to do a lot more with photography… I want to keep working part-time at things that provide income… I want to create a situation where whatever animals we have can be with us and easily enough cared for when we go away… I want to have a garden… the list continues. And so do the reflections. Last night I could hardly wait to get back to Bernal. Today I’m reflecting.

5 Comments from my old blog:

  • At June 24, 2005 2:42 PM, Blogger BillieS said…

    Rosana, boy….do I ever understand the feeling of one foot in the USA and the other foot in Mexico.

  • At June 24, 2005 3:50 PM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    At least we’re in love with a country nearby! Some friends of ours checked out New Zealand…

  • At June 27, 2005 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Rosana

    You now face the same problem many of us who love Mexico and its life style. We went through the same soul searching about where to put down roots several years ago. Our solution was to live about 6 months a year in Mexico and the rest in our stateside home and be close to family. This worked for several years, then our children and grandchildren started visiting us in Mexico and it became a full time living arrangement. We have not regretted it and have developed new contacts that give us a full life. We travel and enjoy family visits. Getting your papers was the first big step you made now comes the hard one, to make the move.

  • At June 27, 2005 9:34 AM, Blogger Rosana Hart said…

    Thanks for your comments. When we were in Mexico, it seemed pretty straightforward… we would go back there just as soon as we could. Well, things do take longer to deal with than you expect, that’s some sort of natural law. But I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying the social life here! And it takes a lot of time… you can dine out a LOT on stories of living in Mexico.

    We seem to be getting clear that ultimately we want only one home. But how and where, ah, patience! And don’t even get me started on the dog and cats!

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