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December 30th, 2010 by Les

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” ~Anaïs Nin (French writer, born of Cuban parents) (A quote sent in by one of our readers..thanks RW)

Bill Cosby (American comedian and actor) commented: “Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows life can deliver.  And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”

It is said an optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  Apparently I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist.  The older I get the less likely I am to be up at midnight.  Consequently, complaining will serve no purpose and I’m ready for where ever 2011 will take me.

To be honest, I’m more likely to be awake to watch the Kings Day celebrations here in our small village.  Our neighbor’s children have already written letters to the Magi requesting the gifts they would like to receive.  I guess it doesn’t matter which of the kings gets the letter; los Reyes Magos, Melchor, Gaspar or Baltazar, as all of them can bring the kids the gift(s) they request.  On the night of January 5th the figures of the Wise Men are placed in the nativity scene.  Traditionally, the children will leave out their shoes with hay in them to feed the animals of the Magi (often a camel).  When the children wake up in the morning of January 6th their gifts appear in place of the hay.

As we greet the New Year and await the arrival of the Magi, David and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers for their continued support, interesting and humorous comments…often off blog….and ability to appreciate the humor and absurdities my quirky brain finds in every-day life here in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.  We appreciate all of you immensely.

David’s photography remains both fascinating and beautiful.  There is never a day that goes by that he doesn’t see something that excites, delights, amazes or challenges him.  With camera strung around his neck he greets each day with the enthusiasm of youth looking for another opportunity to share with everyone the beauty of this land called Mexico.

We know there are many people who worry about drug wars and the safety of traveling in Mexico, much less settling down here.  And yet we have had many, many people, who read our blog, visit us during the past year, with some making the choice to move here and spend some time.  Perhaps it is the moment of the most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties. Talking to the people who actually live here may help nourish human hope for being able to find sense in life in Mexico and thereby experiencing first-hand its absurdities.

Our life here in Mexico has a superb cast though we are still trying to figure out the plot.  We greet each day with wonder and awe, something we’d both lost as we gave into the work-a-day-world.

If you are alive and functioning (so to speak) may I suggest you try flapping your arms and legs, spiced with a modicum of jumping around with great abandon, for life is the very opposite of death.  Therefore, if one has as absurd thoughts as moi, you must, at the very least, think noisy and colorfully, or you’re simply not alive.

Is Mexico on your agenda?  Sure, when….oink flap, oink flap…well I’ll be darned!

Viva Mexico.

One of the many absurdities...and orange tree over looking a pointsettia tree. Not something one sees in the colder climes from whence I come!

An evening on the Ajijic plaza. The Ajijic Cultural Center on the left (where David has two pictures hung). A restaurant on the right with a disco (yes folks, a disco) above the restaurant!

David at his last art show of the year.

David's interpretation of Kilroy Was Here.

One of our artist friends at David's last show. I love the color of the boa!

Here’s to choosing a purple boa to adorn your shoulders! May you dance with the abandonment of this young Mexican child as you greet 2011 with all its possibilities!

David and Les Lawrence


2 Responses  
  • Sandy writes:
    December 31st, 20102:26 pmat

    I think my oink is to heavy for my flap at the moment. I’m hoping I get my vacation time back so that my oink is light enough for my flap to see you and David in the Spring. My hope (as you well know) does reign eternal.

    The best of everything is what I’m wishing you and David in the new year!

  • Elin Lawrence writes:
    December 30th, 20108:19 pmat

    Les,
    You are wonderful writer. Your choice of words soft and soothing.
    I have been in Fl for a month moving my 98 yr old dad to an assisted living facility. He has been living with his nearly 90 yr old girlfirend who can no longer be his caregiver.

    I said to my husband who is in cold, snowy CT, “the longer I stay in Fl the more I know I want to live in Ajijic!” Hopefully my husband Rick will retire in the next few years and we will get to meet you both. Rick would love to learn some great photography tips from David.

    Happy New Year!
    Elin


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