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!


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January 10, 2006 — Kelly is recovering extremely well from his broken rib. He can do a little more each day, but is being very careful not to overdo. And of course, I’m right there to grumble if I think he’s doing too much! Thanks to everyone who has sent good wishes.

So we are leading a very quiet life right now, mostly at home though Kelly is now taking walks of a few blocks around the neighborhood. In this rhythm we find ourselves more in touch with the daily life around us.

Kelly had been doing the walking of our dog Larry, but now I’m taking Larry out. I have discovered that if I do it around seven in the morning, the streets are very quiet. I’ll see a few men walking or bicycling to work, a few kids going early to school, and maybe a few cars will pass.

We can’t see Lake Chapala from here but I try to get a look at it most days. There’s something about large lakes that I find deeply relaxing and inspiring.

Today I could postpone laundry no longer, and I had an amusing moment while doing it. I was at the house where our friends from the U.S. who are adopting a Mexican baby here are living. I’ve spent a lot of time with the little one, who is in her second month now. She’s really adorable. Anyway, as I reached for the laundry soap, I noticed the advertising on the box, which included a drawing of an Anglo-looking baby. Immediately the thought went through my mind, “Poor little thing! It looks so pale!”

I’m enjoying getting to know the old lady across the street. We are in the town of San Antonio Tlayacapan, which is right next to the better-known Ajijic. Our street is about a 50-50 mix of middle-class houses and humbler abodes. The old lady and her husband have dozens of plants in pots on the narrow sidewalk in front of their simple place, and in the cobblestone street. There’s also a small clothesline where she puts her wash. She looks to be in her late 70s or early 80s, and she is always bright eyed and friendly. When I told her about Kelly’s fall, she brought out a bottle of what she said was arnica in alcohol. I wasn’t sure whether he was supposed to drink it or rub it on.

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