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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Oct. 9, 2007 — Since the waterspout hit San Juan Cosala, I’ve been emailing with a Mexican man who lives in California and works in the store you see here. He was last home three years ago, and he is planning to come this holiday season.

He told me that his wife sold plants in the tianguis here, and this week she graciously allowed me to photograph her by some of her plants:

She and I chatted about life. Her son is in 5th grade. I asked if there were a lot of women here whose husbands were away. She said yes, and that it’s very hard. They miss their husbands a lot.

This is the story all over Mexico. In some small towns we’ve been in, Mexicans have told us that the towns survive on the money sent home. I don’t pretend to know what the answers are to the complexities of emigration/immigration, but I do find this heartrending. The men are there in search of income for a better life, and yet their absence creates such a gap.

2 Comments from the old blog:
  • At October 17, 2007 8:28 PM,  Anonymous said…

    The issue is really not about either emigration or immigration, or even illegal immigration. The people that come here, like this man you describe, are illegal aliens pure and simple. They expect the USA to allow THEM to do what is not, has never been, and will never be, tolerated in Mexico. Mexico is really a wealthy nation. Unfortunately very little of that wealth can be accessed by ordinary Mexican citizens. What the illegal aliens need to do is stay home, and devote their energy to changing their society. When this starts happening, they will have the full support of their compadres north of the border.

  • At October 17, 2007 10:14 PM,  Rosana Hart said…

    I don’t agree with most of your comments but will leave them here for people to consider. However, I’m not interested in carrying this discussion further.

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