Birthdays Dawn to Dusk

Three hours at the doctor’s today, then returned home to a visit from John, my across the street neighbor, who brought me a birthday cupcake. Met Blue at Viva Mexico only to find neither of us have recovered from this curse.  We shared a meal and brought most of it home.  After eating even that small amount, I was so sick by time I got home.  Fell into bed with a couple of kitties as company only to hear a very faint trill.  Could it be the doorbell on the gate? 

Called out and no one answered.  Went back to bed only to hear strains of music.  Opened the front door to find Pasiano and family—his wife Patty with the hugest bouquet of flowers and Pasiano strumming the guitar. Ishamel, their six year old son, was singing along as they all sang “Las Mananitas.”  I’d bought Pasiano the guitar, made in the guitar town pictured in “Coco.” He had said he wanted to learn the guitar and I kept asking him how he was doing. Since the entire song was sung to him strumming the strings without any notes fingered at all, I take it that he hasn’t taken lessons yet,  but such a sweet gesture, and they were all giggling and so pleased with themselves. 

.  This is my third serenading since I’ve been in Mexico.  The first was on my sixtieth birthday, the second on my seventieth and the third, today on my 71st.  Such a lovely custom. Awakened by Yolanda’s family with flowers and a gift, flowers and a serenade by Pasiano’s family at the end of day. Nice birthday.  

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Now, to bed for the rest of my birthday. Had lab tests today and hope to find out tomorrow just what this is. Thanks for all the good wishes. Sure do like all y’all!!!

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

21 thoughts on “Birthdays Dawn to Dusk

  1. slmret

    That doesn’t sound like a very happy birthday, except for the serenade! Take care of yourself, do what the doctor says, and get well soon!!! xoxo

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      But strangely enough, it was, Janet. I fell asleep after my serenade and slept until 3:30 this morning, then woke up to read more birthday greetings. Hard to feel isolated with messages from friends from every stage of your life coming in. One good thing about Facebook. It keeps us in touch, even though it may be fleeting, with people we might ordinarily lose touch with. Nice to have these yearly reminders on our birthdays of past lives.

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  2. Catherine

    Happy birthday. So sorry you’ve been sick. Hope the doctors figure it out. I love the thought of Pasiano serenading you. So sweet!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      It was so funny. When I bought the guitar on the beach from an old man who came from Paracho to sell them. He sat on my porch and serenaded me and his music was so lovely that I thought I’d buy a guitar and then give it to someone who wanted a guitar when I got home, since I already have two here. When Yolanda saw it when I got home, she told me Pasiano had always wanted to play the guitar, so i gave it to him. Yolanda and I kept speculating about whether he’d learned to play it, so I think she told him this and he decided to come serenade me. I didn’t pick up at first that he wasn’t playing any notes..just thought he was somewhat off key. I love the gentle humor of his coming and “playing” for me. Guess I need to see if he wants lessons. I’m sure Agustin could find someone to teach him.

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  3. Anton Wills-Eve

    What a lovely post, Judy. I do hope your diagnosis is a good one and “y’all” will be loving you for many years yet. If Trump could see how much ‘good’ you’ve found in your Mexican friends he’d be sending them invites not throwing them out. Take care and God bless. XX Anton.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Unfortunately, I don’t think he values the things we find here. If he did he would be a different person. I guess that is exactly the point you are making, come to think of it.

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  4. carol1945

    Oh my, what a touching story; what a lovely, lovely person you are to buy the guitar and then give it away; and what a lovely, lovely family your neighbor must be to show their appreciation in such a special way. I hope you are better really soon; I, too, have been quite ill this last week, and I find these things take a longer time to recover from now that I am older. Let us know what the lab tests show.

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