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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August 19, 2007 – I just drove home to San Juan Cosala after attending church in Riberas del Pilar. St. Andrew’s is a large Anglican — think Episcopal — congregation, with many of its members coming from a variety of Christian backgrounds. (I’m mainly Quaker in my Christian background, though I sometimes went to an Episcopal church when I was a child.) The priest at Saint Andrew’s turns out to be a Stanford classmate of mine, and his sermons are worth the trip… I’ve been twice now. I’ve never enjoyed sermons so much before! (Have I ever even enjoyed a sermon before? Hmm…)

On my way home, I was mulling his comments over, feeling that they were helping me to put in perspective the grief I often feel about our world, the injustices, the suffering, the ecological disasters.

West of Ajijic, traffic slowed down. There had been an accident, long enough ago that police were there and if ambulances had been needed, they were already gone. Only one of the two lanes of this highway was open, and the other lane was coming through. I waited for a couple of minutes, doing a Quakerish kind of prayer, “holding in the Light” the whole situation.

A number of Mexicans were standing by the side of the road, serious in demeanor. I felt that some of them were in prayer too.

When it was the turn of my lane to go through, next to an emergency vehicle I saw a blanket on the highway, with an unmoving body beneath it. (I later found out that a teenage girl had been hit and killed by a truck.)

I felt sad. I also felt grateful that I had just come from St. Andrew’s and had my mind more on the larger picture, rather than just coming from grocery shopping or something like that. I couldn’t help but think of another death that touched me this week. Gerry, a much-loved resident of Crestone, Colorado, had been taken off life support (as he had previously indicated he wished) after a serious heart attack and stroke. He’d been brought back to his home, where he could see the mountains and his friends could come by, till he peacefully passed on one evening.

I was sorry not to be back in Crestone (my hometown for most of the last decade) for the celebration of his life. But as it happened, on the day of the service for him Kelly and I were celebrating another life down here. A new friend of ours, Bill, had just been declared cancer-free by a PET scan, after having had quite a bout with cancer. He and his wife invited several other couples to have a spontaneous celebratory meal at Pedro’s, my favorite restaurant in Ajijic. There was a lot of joy around that table!

So when I got home this morning, Kelly and both dogs greeted me wildly — the dogs especially. My eyes brimmed a little with how dear they all are. Kelly was cooking up a pancake breakfast and had Beethoven’s 9th playing. Life is sweet.

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