Duct Tape in Mexico

I come from the land of duct tape. Where I come from there are even songs about things being held together by duct tape. Once, as a girl, I tried to make an above ground swimming pool with black plastic, plywood, and duct tape.

The other day my sister was visiting from up north and she saw that the backrest on my son’s high chair was splitting open.

“You probably should put duct tape on that,” she suggested.

I realized at that moment that it’s been years since I’ve seen duct tape. Ever since I used the “spare” strip on my water bottle after we moved here 6 years ago, I haven’t had any in my house. In fact, no one has duct tape in Mexico, rusted wire or glue being the preferred repair tools here.

Then, today in the hardware section of the grocery store I saw a small roll of silver tape. I looked closer and realized that it even had the little strings running horizontally and vertically through it. Yes, it was duct tape.

Guess what it was named. Cinta Americana (American Tape), of course.

Dancing Children

One of the things that I love about Mexico is that people of all ages interact with each other on a daily basis. My landlord has a son, daughter-in-law, and niece visiting him and his granddaughter this evening for dinner. His daughter-in-law is cooking dinner and she and the granddaughter just went past our gate, headed to the store for tortillas, where they took the time to stop and talk to my little son who is outside.

“Come here little beautiful.” They called.

“Say hi. How are you?” they crooned as they reached out to him through the fence.

learning to danceMeanwhile, the niece is teaching the five and two-year olds, who live next door, to dance the waltz. The three of them have flowers on their heads and she is telling them how to hold their hands and to move their feet. “Watch the steps,” she is saying.

They don’t forget about my son, who is watching through the fence. Sometimes they call him by name and tell him to pay attention. If he falls down, they go to the fence and encourage him to get up. He holds on to the fence and giggles along with them.

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Part One:

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Type “A”
A planner
Control freak
Hard working
Safety conscious

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Part Two:

1. When you live or retire in Mexico will you be independently wealthy or if not, do you like working six days a week?

2. Would you agree with the statement, “It has to be my way or the highway?”

3. Do you often say, “Oh, however it works out is fine with me”?

4. Do you have to have your favorite brand of snack food (as in, there are no substitutes for your treat)?

5. Are occasional cold showers alright with you?

6. Can you take it in stride when the telephone company changes your service without telling you, then charges you a fee to cancel the new service?

7. Once you live or retire in Mexico, if the washing machine delivery man calls to say that he’ll be there in about 15 minutes then comes 5 hours later will you blow a gasket?

8. Can you easily navigate uneven surfaces?

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