Thursday, May 8, 2014


Boys coming soon and it's going to be a long, full day and I'm not sure what we'll be doing and Mr. Moon seems to be a bit upset with me and maybe that's because I brought the cat to bed with us and she woke up him at 6:30 and this is his day to sleep until 7:00 and oh boy...

Well, morning.

We're leaving for Cozumel in one week, say it again: ONE WEEK and no, I am not ready. I was thinking last night about how it always goes when we get to Cozumel which is that you get off the plane (you, if you are you, are already crying) and stand in line to get your passport stamped and then wait in line to push the button to see if you get your luggage checked (green light, go, red light, search) and then wait in line to get the pass for the van to take you to your hotel and then get on the van and I am quivering, quivering, already beyond endurance of ecstasy- there it is- the water- and you look at all the changes and the same-same-as-it-ever-was as you drive to the hotel, or are driven, to be precise, and you get to the hotel and they unload all your luggage and you go to check in and then you see your room and no, it will not do because the bed is too small, they promised you a large bed and your husband is very, very tall, or the view is not good, is there a room with a better view? and finally, in hours, you are in perhaps the proper room (and this ALWAYS happens, always, no matter where you stay, and it is part of the experience) and you are, by then, a little bit overwhelmed and emotional and what-have-we-done?

There may even be tears.
But then maybe your husband gets to the grocery store and buys a bottle of rum, some coca-cola, some limes and back to the room where you have unpacked and then there is a drink on the balcony and Hola! Hello! You are back. The water, blue, green, teal, violet, starts to go orange, gold, silver with the sunset and the sun sets early there and you know where you are going for supper because it's where you always go the first night, not the best place, maybe but your place for the first night and you get dressed and you get a taxi or walk, depending on how far you are from town, and you enter the Zocalo and it smells like home, it looks like home, the people, the children, the lights, the trees, the clock tower, and is that man going to be there at Plaza Leza? The one who always smiles like a grandfather, who says to you, "Welcome home?"
 Will he be there?

Oh. I hope so.

And then I will begin to melt, well and truly and maybe the musicians will come by and I will ask them to play the Cozumel song and then I will cry and I will hold my husband's hand and I will say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing me back," and we will drink a tiny lethal margarita and after dinner we may stroll around and end up renting a scooter which we should not do but we always do and joke with the scooter rental guys and I'll be in a dream and we'll put on our helmets and drive down the road through the soft air, the ocean to our right this time to our hotel and we will be back. We will be back. We will be back and home.


  1. Sounds magical!
    (I really didn't think you meant buying coke, but you might want to change "lines" to "limes"!)

  2. Sylvia- THANK YOU! Great catch. And hysterical typo. Ah, Lord.

  3. This makes me want to go to Cozumel!! Seriously, you should send this post to Mexico tourism.
    My cat stays out all night and sleeps all day. He just came in and will not shut up about his night. I wish he knew more than one word.

  4. And we leave for Cabo next Saturday. I have pesos and set up the phone for international talk and am happy to be going. Not sure how much I will blog. This is our first trip to Mexico. You will be on one side and I will be on the other side of the coast. Looking forward to it.

  5. Oh my. Omyomy. I am so happy for you.
    Do not take the cat to Cozumel. : )

  6. I am so happy for you, too. And I can't wait for the posts and for the photos and all of the rest. I'm also wishing that the new suitcase was big enough for me. I could sleep on your balcony and would make myself scarce during the day.

  7. I am so far behind in reading blogs but I figured that cat was going to keep you.

    Enjoy every second of Cozumel! xo

  8. I giggled at the thought of Mr Moon buying lines and What happens in Mexico really DOES stay there. I never ever would have thought of LIMES!

  9. Dear god I need to go to Mexico. Oh, I'm so happy you get to go back!!!

  10. oh you are making me want to go go go but I have too much to do here here here.

  11. Oh how incredible, and the blue of the dusk sky in that photo of you is just so intense, no wonder the feelings evoked by being there are so powerful. i am happy for you, contemplating your return. xo

  12. You couldn't have found a better picture to go with this post.

  13. My sweet hubby retires in six days, and in seven we're heading for Florida. I ended up with 12 pairs of shorts/capris, 18 tops, and six pairs of shoes (did I mention it's a 7-day trip?). Today I'll be weeding out the clothes, stocking up on the bloody mary and margarita mixes, and going through my 'to do' lists (yes, I have several!). But all I'm doing right now is cruising my favorite blogs and thinking about what I need to do....

  14. What a magical description. You are such a writer, Mary! I can't wait to hear about your trip, even though I'm already picturing so much of it through your words.

  15. Heartinhand- Their vocabularies are limited, aren't they?

    Syd- I bet it's going to be magical for both of us. We never get pesos 'til we get there. They take dollars just fine in Cozumel but the exchange rate is better if we get pesos there.

    Denise- Haha! No. I won't.

    Elizabeth- That suitcase is definitely big enough for Owen. We already discussed that. He's worried that he couldn't breathe in it though.

    Birdie- I sure intend to.

    SJ- Haha! Well, sort of. But there will be NO lines. I promise you that. Unless you count the ones we have to stand in.

    Lisa- Thank you!

    Ms. Vesuvius- In my opinion, everyone needs to go to Mexico.

    Ellen Abbott- Sometimes you just have to say "fuck it" and go.

    Angella- One of my favorite pictures of me ever. That was quite a few years back. Obviously.
    But the sky will be the same.

    A- I agree!

    Catrina- They sell plenty of those mixes in Florida. Trust me. Happy travels to you!

    Steve Reed- Thank you SO much for saying that.


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