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Children of Ajijic/Children of the World
November 28th, 2009 by Les

Pablo Casals, a Spanish Cellist and Conductor (1876-1973) said “The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.”

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”  John Fitzgerald Kennedy (America’s 35th President) (1917 to 1963)

Over the course of the many parades of this last week, David has been taking pictures and, believe it or not, I have taken a very few as well.

Children are such a precious commodity.  No matter where I have traveled, no matter how many children I’ve seen, their smiles, laughter, tears, excitement and joy – though expressed in different languages – has brightened the day and given hope to a tired soul.

Ajijic is no different.  Its children are very much a part of the fabric of life here.  No matter how early or, for that matter, how late the parades may begin – there are always children marching or sitting on the curbs, in doorways and windows cheering.  The excitement that shows on their faces and the laughter that accompanies the music is heart warming.

This morning, as with most mornings this past week, the church bells began tolling all over Ajijic before 6:00 a.m.  Along with the church bells came the fireworks, the melodious tones of the doggies’ chorus, the drums kicking out a cadence for the marchers who soon followed, again accompanied with the laughter of the children.

Of course, one would wonder: “do they ever sleep?”  My guess, after this past week, is no!  Believe it or not, it has not been annoying.  We have not awakened or, for that matter, tried to sleep saying when will this end?  The music, food, beauty, lights, etc have so quickly become comforting.  A lullaby for an evenings rest.

Have you ever had the opportunity to fall asleep with a mariachi band playing a tune that you wake up the next morning humming?  If you haven’t, try it.  No sleep aides needed for the music whisks you away into a gentle slumber from which you awaken refreshed and ready to greet another day.  Thank goodness for that, otherwise there would be a bunch of ornery people traipsing through the streets of Ajijic this entire week!

A Neighbors Smile

A Neighbors Smile

Neighbors Saying "Hola"

Neighbors Saying "Hola"

The Best Neighbors

The Best Neighbors

Natural Beauty

Natural Beauty

Little Friend on the Square

Little Friend on the Square

Two Friends

Two Friends

Little Cowboy

Little Cowboy

Sweet Smile

Sweet Smile


2 Responses  
  • Linda Bustos writes:
    December 2nd, 200912:39 pmat

    They are just beautiful. We often forget how much joy and live children bring to our day. You can’t be in a bad mood when you have that beautiful face looking back at you. It makes me smile!

  • Sid Grosvenor writes:
    November 29th, 20093:53 pmat

    Hi Les, What a nice post. It fact it’s so nice, I
    d like your permission to publish it on my own site http://www.ChapalaClub.com.

    You would be shown as the author. If it’s OK with David I’d also like to use a couple of the photos with your article to illustrate the infectious smiles of the children.

    If you guys prefer I not add it to my site of course I’ll understand. I suspect you would get a lot more visitors to your own site if that’s something you’d like to do.

    All for now. Thanks for a great post. Sid


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