“I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells.” Dr. Seuss – Theodor Suess Geisel was a U.S. writer and cartoonist more widely known for his children’s books written under his pseudonym Dr. Suess
“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility” James Thurber, writer and cartoonist.
My motto is laugh a lot, laugh hard and laugh often. If I were to give any advice that one would remember when considering a move to another country it would be the above. Remembering I am a guest in a country unfamiliar to me is essential in helping me greet each day with the excitement and anticipation required to really enjoy the opportunities presented in a new and foreign land. I’m pretty sure the people here are trying to remember that each time I appear on the scene as well.
I have a tendency to remember funny happenings I’ve encountered throughout my life, of which there are, many, out of the blue and begin laughing for no apparent reason. Usually this is accompanied by un-lady-like snorts, my face turning red and both David and our cat, Mandy, staring at me in disbelief. They say sanity is a trick. All you have is rational thought. However when you are good and loony the sky is the limit! I like the sky. I am loony. Good is a stretch!! Trust me, David can attest to all of this.
That being said, Sunday dawned beautiful as usual here in Ajijic Mexico. David and I headed down to the plaza to set up our display of the photographs he has taken since arriving here…and some during our visits.
Believe you me when I say, we were unprepared for the general buzz of activity we encountered as we drew closer to the square. It was, after all, Palm Sunday. The Catholic Church, as I’ve mentioned before, plays a dominate role in daily life and certainly celebrations that are church oriented are the norm.
That being said, it was interesting to see many vendors set up just outside the church gates. Palm crosses and other remembrances created with palms were on sale. Eggs with the insides removed, cleaned, painted and filled with confetti were available in huge selections and looked quite beautiful piled high in front of the people selling them.
After setting up David and I sat back to enjoy the general chaos and somewhat carnival atmosphere generated by the large number of people in the plaza. Suddenly a young couple appeared at our booth. The first words out of the young woman’s mouth were: “I know you. I recognize the photographs. We read your blog all of the time!”
We were charmed by her candor and delighted that they took the time to stop and chat. They are from Chicago and decided Mexico and, in particular, Ajijic, was the place they wanted to be. Setting all things aside at home, they headed down here and had arrived just the other day. They are working on their papers and excited about the adventure before them.
We have run into more and more people who have read our blog down here. Later that evening David went out to take pictures (see below) of the arrival of Christ in this small village. Our street, as usual, seemed to be the passage way as it was strewn with greens – so many they simply covered the cobblestones and stretched all the way down to the town square.
Picture David running, trying to get ahead of the procession when someone hollers: “David! David!” Of course, David stopped to see who it was and the gentleman said: “I’ve been following you!” He went on to say he had not just literally been following him (which he was) – he’d been following our blog and he was so excited to see David in the flesh! He had recognized him from pictures on our blog.
The same thing happened the week before when a couple approached our booth saying they’d been reading our blog, were heading back to Canada soon, but would continue to read our postings as they planned to return to Ajijic in the future. She is an artist, paint being her medium, and he a diplomatic envoy who traveled much but both truly enjoyed Ajijic.
We have messages on our blog from several others who are here and we hope to meet them in the future. It is truly a small world filled with joy and wonder. William James, American philosopher and psychologist said: “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense dancing.” My feet are up in the air and I think that’s what I’m doing!! Viva Mexico.
[Note: One of the many wonderful things that has happened to us since we began the process of moving to Ajijic is we’ve made many friends along the way. Two friends, who have been, and remain, extremely helpful are Ruth Howell http://ruthhowell.net/index.php?p=1_9_Mexico-Sight-Unseen and Sid Grosvenor www.chapalaclub.com. When you have a moment, please visit their websites. Les]
The “Sanity” theme in the post is dedicated to my friend Sheryl whose grasp on sane, like mine, is a delicate balance.
The plaza abuzz!
Eggs of every color.
The streets are strwen with greens.
Preparation for His arrival. Notice the full moon behind the church.
The procession begins.
Notice the intensity of their facial expressions.
The crowd follows....
Reverence and awe.
The march continues.
We are told this young man portraying Jesus prepares for Holy Week a year in advance. He will carry a cross through the streets on Good Friday and be hung upon that cross as they near the hills above Ajijic.
An interesting combination of church holy days and celebration.