What I miss about Mexico
|Teopanzolco Ruins in Cuernavaca, Morelos|
Letting people know that you're not from the USA leads to a lot of different questions, sometimes about me, sometimes about culture, sometimes about politics (yes, really...). One of the most common questions is "What do you miss about Mexico?" and I guess the most common answer is the most obvious, my family.
|My parents with my little kid.|
When I leave Mexico, my mom just had a really bad accident, and she was in bed without being able to move. My dad was in between jobs, and the country was a hot mess. I felt horrible, leaving my parents and not being able to help them out as I would've liked, but my son was already in the USA after I drove almost 38 hours straight to Missouri to leave him and my wife with her parents, I had spent the last few months organizing everything, I had quit my job, sold my car and all the extra stuff I didn't need, spent more than "a little too much" getting all my documents in order and had my plane tickets.
I remember my mom early in the morning telling me to hurry up or I would miss my plane. She didn't want to say goodbye and neither did I. She gave me a kiss and made the sign of the cross on my forehead before she told me to have fun. My dad drove me to the bus station and waited outside at 4 am for my bus to pass so I could wave goodbye. That was the last time I saw them in person.
|My parents and I sometime in the 80's|
I get to video-chat with my grandmother, uncles and aunts every now and then also, but still, it's not the same.
The next thing I would say I miss from Mexico is, the food! Tacos, Tortas, Tamales, Carnitas, Quesadillas, Queso Oaxaca, fresh Tortillas de Maiz, Agua de Sabores, Tinga, and so many other delicious dishes. Don't get me wrong, the food here is good, but I really miss some nice homemade food with family and friends.
Food is a little different here in the USA, Mexican food is spicy, less sugary, and corn, rice, and beans are the base of happiness.
|Mercado in Tepoztlan|
There are a few other things I miss, like the nice churches, we have tons of them, and they're really pretty. The large amount of archeological places to visit, the open Mercados, the street vendors and the inexpensive services. Did I mention "free" healthcare?
There are tons of things that I can think about. Do I want to go back? maybe one day, to visit. But for now, my life is here with my son, and I wish I'll have what it takes to help him become what he wants to be, whatever that might be.
Thanks for reading!
Leonardo Jaime Alejandro Sanchez Miranda says "Gracias amigo!". :)