Never get a haircut the day of a special event.
|Mike, Nikki - fresh squeezed orange juice|
Fabulous Hospitality with Little or No Money
Now let me back up a little to explain why I said ‘matching glasses’. You have to understand that these people, other than their house and the land they plow and plant, have nearly nothing to their names, not even a bank account. Plates, glasses, and cups come in all sizes, colors and shapes – very few matching pairs. The yellow hammock in the front yard, which they are very proud of, is frayed and worn. The brilliant red satin bed cover and some of the blankets of the bed we slept in have some tears. The clothes they wear are definitely several seasons’ old and at times missing buttons, held closed with pins or stained but everything is absolutely spotless.
Everywhere there are small details that make a difference. The toilet paper rolls have origami like folds at the open end. There are small vases (some made out of old pop bottles) with flowers all around. Our bed is taken down every night before we go to sleep. There are white slippers for our use so we don’t go barefoot on the cold floor in the middle of the night or in early morning. Water is warmed for our showers, etc…
|Antique cutting board|
|Making icecream in copper pot over open fire|
|Making tortillas with Chayo|
Very few women make tortillas by hand, it is a dying art but there is at least one left in the village we are visiting… Chayo tells me she learned at 8 years old and that most women who are schooled don’t learn to make them anymore. Only women who plan to be at-home moms do… Later in the week, Anna Rosa (her daughter) makes tortillas for dinner and we are astounded by how good they are. At 18, she makes better tortillas than her mom (as difficult as it is to believe). She is so good at it that even as handmade tortillas they are all exactly the same shape and size – how unbelievable that is! They are somehow smoother and richer, using the same corn as her mother…
|Fire in kitchen stove|