Aug 3, 2009, 7:32 PM
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Well, we had a little fiesta at our house last night. It wasn't planned, it was just thrown together at the last minute. Doris' niece Ariadne called in the afternoon and said that she and her husband, Eduardo were coming to Cuernavaca from México City to finalize a house purchase. They have been looking at houses here for a couple of years. Eduardo is one of the highest paid engineers at Pemex, the national oil company. Many people that can afford a second home from México City do buy houses in Cuernavaca as a weekend or holiday getaway, our fantastic climate is a big attraction too. It is never hot in the summer here, and never cold in the winter. It does snow in some parts of México City in the winter sometimes. We are only about 42 miles from the edge of the megalopolis here.
México City is arguably the largest city in the world. Some people say Tokyo is, but nobody really knows. The population of México City is estimated to be between at least 18 to 23 1/2 million people, again, nobody really knows. México City is a wonderful place, but it does get old, driving for a couple of hours in heavy traffic, and you are still in the city and haven't reached your destination yet. I remember when Doris was going to take her driving test to get her first Alaska drivers license. A Spanish speaking man was going to give her the test, he appeared to be a Mexican-American, he was definitely of Hispanic descent. As she was driving out of the parking lot at the DMV office, he asked her where she learned to drive. When she told him in México City, he told her to turn around and go back to the office. He told her "If you learned to drive in México City, you don't need a test here."
Doris invited Ari and her gang to have dinner with us. Eduardo's cuñada (sister-in -law) Monica and her two children from Leon, Guanajuato were with them, they were visiting Eduardo and Ari in México City, as well as Eduardo and Ari's two teen age daughters. We had 7 guests altogether, that made ten of us for dinner. That was great, we love having company. Most of them spoke just a few words of English, except Eduardo, he is fluent in English. With my limited Spanish, we understood one another.
We had a delicious dinner with all home cooked genuine Mexican dishes, chicken, beef, with Salsa Verde, mole, rajas, the works. My two resident chefs, Doris and Sarita are great cooks. After dinner, they started playing CDs and everybody was singing along with the Mexican songs. Doris told me after everybody had left, that one of Monica's girls asked her why Tio Rex didn't talk much. Doris explained that Tio Rex spoke mostly English and not much Spanish.
The little girl then turned to her mother and asked "Mama, can you leave me here? I can learn to speak English." Her Mom said no! as only a mother can. I told Doris that if they ever wanted to send one or both of their kids to live with us, it would be great with me. After raising a crop of five, one or two 8 or 10 year olds would be a pleasure for me. It won't happen, but I wanted them to know that they are welcome here anytime, for as long as they want to stay.
Everybody loved our dogs and vice versa. Our dogs love human people, especially kids.
It was a wonderful evening.
This started out to be an email to my family in the north, but after doing all this typing, I thought, what the heck, maybe somebody will be bored enough to read it here too.
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved" - Victor Hugo