Friday, October 10, 2008

Five Year Mexicoversary!

Today it's official, I have been living in Mexico for five whole years. Five years of joy, pain, excitement, terror, confusion, bliss, harmony, stress, boredom, disharmony, peace, change and love. You know, just what all of you have felt in your life in the past five years, normal stuff, but in another language and in a foreign country.

In thinking about how to blog this, my brain jumped from sentimental sop to cheesy irreverence, purely photo post to no pics please, I just couldn't decide how to express all that has happened to me or all that I have learned in five years. And I still haven't, there's just too much to say, I don't think
it's possible for one blog post to tell the whole story. I guess that's why we blog in the first place, to have multiple opportunities to plod through the morass of information and experiences we gather in our journeys of life.

So, I will leave it at this and keep it simple. I would not change a thing about the last five years. I've made a lot of mistakes, but I've learned from them. A lot of bad things have happened to me, but they have made me a better, more prepared human being. I've learned Spanish, I've learned how to be a mom, I've learned how to be a better daughter and sister and wife, I've learned how to cook like a "seƱora", I've learned how to survive a monster hurricane, I've learned how to deal with parasites and thimble jelly fish and time share sales people, I've learned how to live without luxuries, I've learned how to live without electricity or running water or gas, I've learned to not wear shiny jewelry when snorkeling, not to eat tacos from the back of a van, not to put the toilet paper in the toilet, I've learned about the folk tales and traditions of the Yucatan peninsula, I've even learned a little Maya. I've probably learned more about myself than anything, what I am capable of and what my limitations are and what I need from life to be happy.

Thanks to Hubby and Max and kitties and doggy and friends and family and cyber friends and bloggers for keeping me sane, teaching me new things and helping me through all the trials and tribulations of life in Mexico. This is a journey that cannot be done alone and I truly appreciate the gifts I have received from all of you.

(I guess I went to sentimental sop after all, eh?)

I'm trying to put together a slide show of pics, they'll be coming soon but the net is SuperSlow today! As soon as it's ready, I'll get it up for your viewing pleasure.


Islagringo said...

Congrats! I have been here only about 3 weeks longer than you have and have not learned even a quarter of what you have. I must say though, I am so happy you are here. It has been my intense pleasure to get to know you personally. Carry on!

Anonymous said...

I applaud you. That was the perfect way to tell the story. I am looking forward to the slideshow though. I love pics.

Scott said...

Congratulations! I can certainly see us living in Mexico in the future.

Alex said...


Jonna said...

Congratulations! I too am really glad you are here. You've added so much depth to my life in Mexico, I've learned a lot from you. Thank you for sharing.

Brenda Maas said...

Congratulations on your mexicoversary. Isn't it odd that we both happened to come in on the same day, albeit several years apart.
May you have many, many more happy years here.

Islaholic Trixie said...

So everything you learned in life you learned in "Mexico," instead of kindergarten!! Life is all about the journey.
Can't wait to meet you in a few weeks. Enjoy the

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, chica! I can't believe we've been here "together" so long and we actually only met last April. All the time wasted, all the beers undrunk!

Let's make up for lost time...soon!

Heather said...

1st- congrats!
2nd- i cant imagine living any where for 5 straight yrs. I get sappy when I move after living there a few months, although I did spend 3 straight yrs and 3 extra summers in Canada, so I will always feel a bit canadian, but even just 1 yr in kenya and I still feel kenyan. You for sure no matter what happens will always be mexican.
Cant wait to see the pixs.

CancunCanuck said...

Gringo- Oh, I am quite sure you have learned as much, if not more than I have, just about different things. And the pleasure of meeting has been all mine!

Jackie- Thank you! I've been having compu troubles, hopefully I'll get the slideshow done sooner rather than later. Got all jammed up with another virus, doh!

Scott- From reading a little of your blog, I think you would be an excellent addition to the pool of extranjeros in Mexico. Your love for the country shows through.

Ale- Gracias amiga, un fuerte abrazo a ti!

Jonna- It has been a joy getting to know you and Mimi, I have gained a lot from both your blog and the two of you personally, thank you!

Brenda- Must be the Canuck "The winter is coming, the winter is coming!" gene that kicks in in October, haha. Felicidades a ti otra vez and many more to you as well.

Trixie- Sometimes I feel like my life is a kindergarten, lol! Are you packing for the trip yet? ;-)

Heather- Awww, undrunk beers and not enough time with cool friends, the biggest sins in life. I would love to hook up with you REAL soon, let's make it happen.

HeatherToo (teehee)- Thanks! You've got itchy feet Miss Traveler, I think it's great that you have so many opportunities to live in so many places. The kids are going to grow up with a great appreciation of the world around them. Pix are coming, stupid computer has been acting up, grrrr! (Thanks for all your other comments too, you spree commenter you!)

tacogirl said...

Happy Anniversary

tacogirl said...

Happy Anniversary

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