Well of course all of you were right and the baby Jesus is now where he's supposed to be tonight. He is in the manger and miraculously, has arrived as a three-year old.
Christmas day. It's been a day of mixed emotions for me. I'm having some struggles this trip with anxiety and I have no idea why. Perhaps it's because I feel some guilt about not being at home with my grandchildren where I belong but I don't think I've ever struggled too much with that before.
Yesterday was quite difficult, today better.
We got in the water this morning to snorkel and that was wonderful. It has been either too rough in the water or too chilly but this morning it was warmer and not as crashy where the water met the sand. It wasn't as clear as it usually is because the sand has been churned up but it was still amazing for me. The little fishes of bright colors, the larger fish swaying in the current, the rays we saw drifting along the bottom. Such peace.
When we got out I felt as if I had been reborn and after we changed we got on the bike and rode to town where we parked it and walked about the neighborhoods.
Some things we saw.
Do you remember my story of Lola, the dog who belonged to the island and who lived in the town square and who died this year? This is her memorial there.
We ate lunch at a literal hole in the wall. We got beef tacos which came with bowls of broth and shared an ice cold agua de tamarindo.
Eventually we came on back to the hotel and relaxed and read and napped until it was time to play cards and then watch the sunset. It was a gorgeous one tonight.
And here's just a pretty little picture of the pool before the sun set.
The internet yesterday was very touch and go. Mostly go. So I never got that post finished or posted. But here it is today, Christmas is over, done, gone for another year and I am still here in Cozumel and instead of saying, Felice Navidad, we are saying, Felize Ano Nuevo to cab drivers and waiters and so forth. When I got up this morning, it looked like this to the south of us.
It has gotten cloudier but it is still beautiful. As Javier the churro man says, "Every day is paradise here."
We have had our breakfast and I allowed Mr. Moon to go off on his own to buy a few things we need for snorkeling. I say allow because honestly, I do not like to be left out on any adventure and everything is an adventure here to me but I think he probably needs a bit of space from me once in awhile.
Time is going too fast here. I swear, I barely have a moment between the time I stop crying simply because I am here until the time I start crying because I am going to have to leave.
I would like to make a very splendid announcement!
Remember that sweet gathering that Hank and Rachel held for us all the Sunday before we left?
What I could not tell you was that they had gotten us all together not only to feed and fete us but to tell us that they are, in fact, engaged!
To be married!
Can you imagine how thrilled and happy we all are? As I think you may have gleaned by now, we are ALL deliriously in love with Rachel. And it makes my heart so very, very happy to know that my son will have this woman as his companion and that I will have her as my daughter.
She's been calling me Mama for a long time now. And it's always seemed just right.
So. There you go. Happy, happy news. I could not write about it here until everyone who needed to be informed WAS informed and now they are and since it's been officially announced on FaceBook I think it is okay to tell you all.
All right. That's enough! I just had a chat with Landy, our beautiful housekeeper here. She and I make each other laugh and show each other pictures of our families. I sort of want to go to her house and do some cleaning for her. It's so odd for me to have someone do these things for me.
I hope everyone's Christmas was beautiful and calm and peaceful and full of love and of light.
Or at least gotten through with a modicum of dignity and a sense of relief.
Love from Mexico...Ms. Moon