Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A lifetime of friendship

Neighbour kids from Chihuahua
 From 1995 to 2000 we lived in Chihuahua, as many of you might remember.  We had something there that we have never had in our lives since then.  We lived at the end of a cul
de sac and were surrounded by some amazing neighbours.  We had a contract as families for how to live together.  We celebrated EVERY holiday together. Our kids were friends and we were friends - no, we became family!

Now, fast forward to 2016, and these same kids are adults, mine being the youngest.  Some are married, some have children.

We all lived within walking distance of each other; it seemed next door.  During the years we lived there, one family moved to another state, 16 or more hours away, another one built a house and moved away from our little corner of Chihuahua, and on and on it went.  Slowly people moved on.  But we still got together for main events; we continue our friendship. Then, in 2000, we moved away - to Canada.  We still maintained contact.  The women were friends of a lifetime.
right to left: Hannia, me, Toñeta (standing), Carmen, Lupita (standing), Martha and Elsa
So here we are, back in Mexico, after over 15 years of absence.  Since we drove down our first stop was Chihuahua, to visit these very people. They threw me a birthday party! We have driven to Queretaro (3.5 hrs away), where Pablo and Martha moved so many years ago. And, over the years, we have seen photos of them getting together for various events. We are still 'family'.

Recently, when one of the kids was celebrating her wedding in San Miguel de Allende (destination wedding place in Mexico), everybody came! The young girl, in the first picture, celebrating her birthday, is now the bride!
Right to left: Amelia, behind is Carmen (standing), Toñeta,
Lupita (standing), and myself

Ernie and Ernesto
These are friends that when you see them again,
it's like you were never apart.  You just pick up where you left off.  You catch up on what's new in their lives. You laugh together and remember together.
This has been a gift in our lives. Two of these neighbours sent us one of their kids to stay with us in Canada for several months.  These are the people my kids would have called aunt and uncle, these were our family for years and remain an intricate part of our lives. Now, living in GDL, Toñeta's sons have both come to our place and stayed the night.  It was like having sons come home! Because we are family.

At this wedding we were all talking about when we would all see each other again. And wouldn't you know it? Another son is getting married! So we are looking to taking a trip to Chihuahua in October.

God has given us so many wonderful people that have so deeply blessed and touched our lives.  Chihuahua was wonderful and Guadalajara is fast becoming the same.  Mexican's are very warm and embracing.  They make you part of their family before you even realize it.  I have people I call sister, and I have people that I consider family.  Life is rich when you live it in community!

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