XX - Altruistic Senor Dave
Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
100Trip End Dec 31, 2015
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Compadres, Amigos y Compaņeros
Woooowwweeeeeee!!!!! I feel like I am in my 50`s again - that is what living in San Miguel is doing for me.. My kids are in their 40`s - pretty soon they are going to be older than I am.
I have always told them that was going to happen... .
An altruistic side of me is coming out in San Miguel...
I think that I have always had an altruistic side to my nature but it was or has been dormant
when I was in the competitive, materialistic, me first, appearances are everything,
world that I was in, in Ottawa, Canada. Not really true - Vanier is a little bit more down to earth and real than the rest of Ottawa, and Vanier is where I live in Ottawa.... Greater Vanier.....
Looking back, I did sponsor people and do other types of volunteer work...
But I always justified it on the basis that I was doing it for myself
and because I personally was benefiting from doing it.
My sponsee's use to tell me that I was underrating myself,
that I was a much more giving person than I gave myself credit for..
Looking back now - I think that they might have been right..
Every Wednesday, there is a free lunch for the Old, Elderly, Poor at the Parroguia (the main San Miguel Catholic Church), across from the Jardin, the principal plaza. Usually about 150 people show up... We prepare the meal from scratch and serve it to them.. I am one of the volunteers that help do this - because there is a lot of work involved in preparing meals for 150 people and serving it to them.. The Wednesday before Xmas, 500 people showed up for the free lunch.. Because they were also distributing garbage bag size see through bags of food to the people.. And there was a lot of Xmas type entertainment for them also - live music, singing, etc... The one that I liked the best was - 15 deaf kids singing "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer" in sign language to live music.. And I figured out some of the sign language signs for some of the words - eg. reindeers, nose, etc.
It also got me thinking - I do like to think about things - and San Miguel doe seem to be a stimulus to my thinking - sign language is not about words, it is a concepts type of language or form of communication - like the Chinese written language - with concepts being represented by icons or symbols..... So there could be one universal sign language for all deaf people in the world and for all of the different languages...
But oh!!! no!!!! - there is a separate sign language for each language
- why is that, when the sign languages represent concepts, not words??????
Anyway - this whole experience involved in feeding the Elderly, Poor, Old people at Xmas time was very Heart Warming for me.......
Additional observation re: the weekly free lunch: 80% of the people there were women (was this because the men had died????), the tables were divided by age - the 95+ tables, the 85 to 95 tables, the 75 to 85 tables and the 65 + tables - no tables for people under 65..
There were at least 4 tables for the 95+, with 8 people to a table - that is 32 people over 95+.
The oldest people get served first.. The people were very good at looking after each other
and they were very appreciative to the food servers (like me)....
The 4 tables of 95+, for the 32 seniors that were still physically active was impressive,
unless of course they were lying about their age - but I had the feeling that the people at the tables were self-monitoring the age of the people that were sitting at their tables....
It never ceases to amaze me that when I speak in Spanish to the Mexicans,
that they actually understand what I am saying...
I feel like I am speaking in gibberish,
and that they understand the gibberish..
It is really very remarkable....
In a little obscure spot in a big grocery store called the Mega, here in San Miguel,
I have discovered a little tiny McDonald's booth hidden away in a corner of the Mega store.
It only sells ice cream products, it has an ice cream machine (no cooked or prepackaged food or stuff or even soft drinks or coffee... Just ice cream stuff).. But they have caramel, Ice Cream Sundaes - my very favourite.. It is like striking gold - It is like being in Heaven.
My discovering new things in San Miguel is a real journey of discovery,
a never ending journey of discovery..
It is too far away (walking) to go to, just to get an caramel ice cream sundae (fortunately),
but I know what I will be getting and eating whenever I do my grocery shopping
at the Mega grocery store.. The Mega grocery store is about 2 kilometers from my place..
Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres, Mis Amigos y Compaņeros.
Senor Mexico Dave