Mar 5, 2008, 12:53 PM
Post #11 of 15
Actually, I find the fact that this woman appeared to be indigenous indian, and not mestizo, very interesting. There is an enormous amount of discrimination throughout Mexico, Central and South America against the indigenous people. Even within families (mine included) the lighter-skinned members will taunt or make fun of the darker-skinner members, and not lovingly, I might add. So, it is all there, just like everywhere. That makes it all the more interesting that this woman felt free to barge in. Perhaps, as Esperanza suggests, she had already been waited on. But there also is something else that happens here that I kind of like ... people of "tercera edad" get special treatment. In Tlaquepaque, where the lines to pay your property taxes wrap around the block, there is a shorter line, seats and special window for people of "tercera edad" and people with disabilities. Since I now find myself in this senior citizen or "tercera edad" category, I kind of like it. The lady in question may have felt the right to barge in as a privilege of her age. Hey, the rest of aging is sometimes not such a hot deal, we might as well as some benefits.