Well. Internet issues again. And I cannot seem to post a picture to save my life and of course I have so many from the past two days.
I'll just try and write a few words here before it becomes 2019 and post pictures later.
Mr. Moon and I just got back from downtown where we had a fine New Year's Eve supper in a place upstairs over a busy street. We could enjoy our drinks and supper while watching everything below- folks passing by, both tourists and local people, guys hauling ice and other stuff from one place to another, two guys sitting on the curb and throwing little firecrackers into the street, nine out of ten of them which did nothing but shoot a few sparks.
We walked around a little bit after supper and Mr. Moon got an ice cream cone and ate it while I had a religious conversation with a slightly tipsy older Mexican man.
"Do you believe in Jesus?"
"Uh, not really."
And so forth.
"When you pray, who do you pray to?"
"Do you get answers?"
But he did not judge me and shook my hand and we told each other Happy New Year and he continued on his way down the street and that was fine.
But then, while we were waiting for a taxi, some people came to stand in line behind us. An American couple and the woman immediately said, "Where are you from?"
And we told her and we discussed where we were all staying and blah, blah, blah and then she saw my Virgin of Guadalupe necklace which I love.
"That's the Holy Mother!" she said. "Are you Catholic?"
"No," I said. "I'm not religious at all. Are you Catholic?"
"Yes! So why are you wearing that?"
"Because I love it. She's the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Queen of Mexico. She's a goddess."
"Hmmmph!" she said. "SHE doesn't think so."
I laughed. "SHE doesn't think so?"
And then I apologized if I had offended her and I have to tell you that this woman had the biggest stick up her butt I'd ever seen.
The taxis were slow in coming tonight. I imagine that a lot of the drivers are home with their families and this, too, offended the woman who, I am sure, disapproves highly of celebrating the New Year if anything fun might be involved. She and her husband discussed walking back to their hotel but she was afraid that some of the areas they would have to walk through were not safe.
"Oh, I wouldn't worry," I said. "Cozumel is about the safest place you can be."
And it is.
"No," she said. "I don't think so."
So we all waited and finally a van taxi pulled up and two local families got on and Mr. and Mrs. Catholic People and us. The driver headed out in the exact opposite direction of where we gringos were staying and the woman became irate. "Hotel Villa Blanca!" she said to the driver who ignored her. "Where are we going?"
"Sweetheart," I said, "We're just going to the neighborhoods where these people live. He'll drop them off first and then take us to our hotels."
Oh my god. You could feel the fuming fumes come from the top of her head.
Mr. Moon and I, sitting behind them, were giggling to ourselves. The van had AC and we were driving through some interesting neighborhoods and who cared? We'd get back to the hotel eventually and meanwhile, it was a nice ride.
She never said another word whereas everyone else in the van would say, "Happy New Years, Buenos Noches!" when someone got out.
She finally did tell someone, "Feliz Navidad!" and her husband said, "That's Merry Christmas."
"Well, Merry Next Christmas," she said.
It's been a beautiful day. Yesterday it rained all day and we stayed close to home and read and snuggled and watched the rain come down. We did finally do a little snorkeling here at the hotel and yes, it rained on us and it was great. So today we headed south and pulled into a little beach bar and had lunch and drinks and there was a rooster there who looked a lot like Ringo. He delighted me. And then we came back here and snorkeled some more.
Sunset was glorious and it's almost 2019.
As my friend B-Boy would have surely said about 2018, "Well, it's been real and it's been weird and it's been real weird."
I have to have hope for this coming up year. I just have to. Otherwise, I might as well just jump in the Caribbean and swim until I can't.
I have my beautiful family, the best husband I could ever have found in this world to be a father to my babies, to love me and to love, and for the past eleven days or so, I have been in my own version of heaven- a place which always sustains me and fills my soul in all wondrous ways.
And. To put the cherry on top of the cowgirl, our dear Mr. Yorkshire Pudding has awarded me his annual Overall Laughing Horse Blog Award.
I am incredibly honored. If you don't read his blog, you should. And not just because he gave me this award. He is irreverent and a walker and a former teacher and his car is named Clint. And he's funny as hell in a very dry, English witty way. And sometimes he posts poems and songs he's written.
I have so much to be thankful for. And now it is time to go and snuggle with my sweet, handsome sweetheart as this year comes to a close.
Dear Lord, let Mueller and karma please have their way with The Great Pretender.
I wish us all peace and happiness.
I wish you peace, good health and much happiness, dear Mrs moon.ReplyDelete
Thank you for replying to my email this summer. You have helped me no end.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
I look forward to more tales from Lloyd.
Happy New Year dear Mary!ReplyDelete
You deserved that award for your sheer overwhelming vivacity for life. Happy New Year to you and your family.ReplyDelete
Amen, and Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Happy new year dear one!ReplyDelete
Happy new year to you, Mary, and Mueller and karma to the pretender.ReplyDelete
Why on earth did that woman have a stick up her backside and who put it there? She may need to have it surgically removed or it could take root. By the way, I am delighted to be described as "irreverent" so Happy New Year to you and your lover man!ReplyDelete
well, there ya go. I guess it wouldn't be Mexico without the rude American. how do people like that walk even around with sticks up their butt?ReplyDelete
and yes she is too a goddess! you're better than me. I would not have apologised.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to you, Mary. A lot of great things can happen in 2019.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your well deserved award and Happy New Year from a fellow FL native and once upon a time blogger. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm a adding Yorkshire Pudding to my reading list now. May we never become that American "stick up the ass" person. Anywhere. Ever.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Ms Moon. As I say with frequency, I am grateful you write and let us rwad. Congrats on the award.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year! May the new one be better. And thank you for allowing us to share in your thoughts and life (and your grandchildren!)ReplyDelete
Oh, Lord. That woman needs to go have a Dos Equis or three. Congratulations on your blog award! Woo hoo! YP could not have chosen a more worthy recipient. :)ReplyDelete
I am still dying of laughter re-reading your post and interaction with the woman who I imagine has her lips pursed at all times! No zest for life, that one.......but your account was hilarious! Poor sad little thing . ;-) . Happiest of New Years to you and your sweetheart! Enjoy your waning time in CozumelReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and Mr. Moon and all your dear family. Bless that lady's Catholic heart.ReplyDelete
This sounds like a completely wonderful place,and you have made me want to visit one day. Though getting to Mexico from here in England seems like the trip of a lifetime. Can't find any flights with less than 2 stopovers or less than 24 hours. Maybe I'll travel there one day from Florida. Mr and Mrs Catholic sound like a bundle of fun, I don't know whether to feel sorry for her or her husband the most. Happy New Years!ReplyDelete