A short one today. My Mum’s time in Mexico is coming to an end and I’m so grateful for the amazing time we’ve had. She has become a local in these parts as I knew she would, making friends and connections independent of me which just reminds me of what a wonderful person she is – positive, happy and generous.
Our time has been made even better by my friend Lisa and her Mom, Diane. Lisa lives here and her Mom planned a visit at the same time as mine. Diane rented a two bedroom apartment right on the popular pedestrian avenue, La Quinta, and was looking for a roommate.
The timing couldn’t have been better, so I signed Mum up without meeting Diane or seeing inside the apartment, hoping it would all work out.
I have loved getting to know Diane, who is from country Pennsylvania. I have loved hearing the stories about hunting and stoking fires and plowing snow – a world more foreign to me than the Mexican one we find ourselves in.
We have laughed and laughed, mostly on the balcony overlooking Fifth avenue as we watch the comings and goings of the tourists below. Some of the things we have seen, cannot be repeated. Mum and Diane have had their own adventures and escapades, and it’s been so wonderful to experience Playa del Carmen through their eyes.
They are both single, independent, positive, generous women. They are fun to be around. It actually brings tears to my eyes to think that I will visit Diane next week and my Mum’s great big King bed will be empty, with no CSI marathons running on the TV.
And more sadness that soon after, when Diane leaves, the balcony on the corner of 20th and 5th will not be mine to wander up to, to sit, and laugh, to talk, to listen, and make up convoluted stories about the passers by below.
But today, I’m thankful for the time we have had, which unfolded in the best possible way, with little planning or scheming and a lot of faith, laughter and love.
And I’m thankful that I will be celebrating my first ever Thanksgiving today, with family and friends who have become like family, in a foreign country which has become like home.
Here are some photos from our pre-Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday at Mum and Diane’s:
Wonderful ladies: Lisa, Patty, Mum, Diane, Alison
Our friend Jorge...
Jorge in a food coma, and me, ready for seconds…
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!