Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 10 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

On This Day After the Day

Buen dia.
I woke early on Independence Day to check out the parties. The music woke me at five and when I stepped outside I could hear the sounds of fiesta from all directions. Once on foot, I discovered the party goers still going were young, in their mid twenties hanging out at their cars, music blaring, hanging out at the bus stop, hanging out on the portals of various hotels, again, all listening to music and the music, I was delighted to hear, was all Mexicano. Some romantic, some ranchero, ballads, rock, quite a variety and all good. I am a lover of Mexican music, there is no bad music here.
I continued my walk and saw very few people other than all of the young people still hanging on, very unwilling to give up what must have been an eventful night for them.

We were awakened the night before the day by the fireworks and shouting and screaming which seemed to last for hours. Finally, after watching bursts of gigantic flowering red, white and green fireworks for half an hour we were back in bed drifting off to the sounds of Ivan's party back at new old Jesus's casa.

Senor and I made it down town early for the parade. This year instead of standing in the hot sun at the Alameda, we chose to follow the back of the parade for awhile and then hurry around to catch the beginning while standing in the shade near the Paulita school.

Below are a few of the men and horses from the Ganadera, the Cattlemens' Association waiting for their turn to enter the Plaza. I think that the photos which connect me most to Alamos are the faces of the children. Their beautiful expressions make me wonder what they are thinking. The little girl below does that to me. I cannot help but wonder what she wonders.

And what must he be thinking..................
Soon he will grow up and march with one of the schools.

One day he might march with the military.
This was the first time we have seen the military march in a parade.
Most of the young children were on the floats this year.
As always, the boys play the trumpet and the girls play the drums.

The twins below have carried their school flag for four years now. Another set of willowy twins has carried their flag as well. We have watched them grow taller. We see some of our friends' children marching with their schools. We wave, they nod and smile and keep marching in the dreadful heat because it is their duty. By the time they reach Calle Madero, friends and family will be tossing them water bottles and they will have time to rest in the shade.

I recognize the young girl on the right. A quick smile breaks her serious march and just as quickly her head snaps straight ahead and she marches to the sound of her, dos, uno,, two, one, two.....and at a pause when it is time to salute the flag as it waves from the Mirador...........izquierda, izquierda, izquierda, left, left, left..............
When the Ganadera brings up the last of the parade, a sea of floating and bobbing white hats capture our attention. They are very handsome men on their huge horses and many of their children ride with them. They are beaming, smiling, all very proud.

Back at the Plaza, the ladies bring out their tres leche cakes, the three milk cakes, bags of snacks and cotton candy and balloons are on every corner.

At the arroya, empty soda bottles have been placed on the exposed rebar of the new stone wall to prevent accidents and the grand stand is up. When evening comes, there will music on the bandstand, dancing, and horse racing, and horse dancing in the arroyo.
It's never too early for a vaquero and his caballo, a cowboy and his horse, to get in line at the Tecate or Pacifico Light tent.

After a carne asada lunch on the Alameda and an new assessment of how hot the day was getting, we marched home and turned on the mini split and did not go back outside until six pm. Senor grilled our favorite chomorro, which is shank, and the evening turned nice and cool and the air was filled with music from the arroyo. We stayed up late listening to the sounds of the fiesta, but not once wanting to join the crowds.

This morning, the day after the day, Senor was downtown early to buy a coca cola. When he came back he said he saw only three people on the streets and they were all under the age of is very quiet this morning.


Nancy said...

Alamos sounds like such a wonderful town. I want to see it some day. Well, I mean with my own eyes... You give me a very vivid picture with your blog!

Mic said...

Enjoyed seeing the parade thru your eyes. Beautiful horses...and children's faces.

Tried to answer your post on my page but can't remember how to do it. Tried several times with all the different ID choices. It will come back to me eventually...just a senior moment. Forgetting some very simple step I'm sure.

No definite destination plans yet. Will probably RV for awhile checking places out. Absolutely, I still plan on seeing Mexico eventually.

Beadwright said...

I love this post. You are so fortunate to live in Mexico. A dream of mine.

mermaid gallery said...

what fun!...sounds like you have it all figured...staying on the outskirts is the way to go....beautiful children....i'm sure the town whooped it up....Mexico loves a party....

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hi Nancy, yes, one of these days you and Paul will be here, I am sure. The drive is easy, around 6 hours. Hope to see you in MZT in October. We will be on Stone Island. LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hi Mic, good to hear from you. I hope the house sale goes well for you. It's an emotional roller coaster to sell the family home. Our son, Ian, used to say he would drive out to the house (when it was on the market)sometimes and just sit on the deck. Now, that broke my heart! It does even now as I write it! LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hi Nicole, nice to hear from you. It is a wonderful, magical place for sure. We love it here and look forward to doing some traveling in Mexico in a year or so. LL

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hi, Miss Mermaid Susan, yes, Alamos whooped it up. And this is Day 4 of it. Lots of music and partying all over town, lots of carne asada in the air, what a fabulous smell that is, and a lot of horses up and down our street, lots and lots of laughter........LL

Ian Huntington said...

Had been looking forward to your post and as expected you captured the general feel of the day. Look forward to being there.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Thanks, Glenn Ian, so when is your arrival?