Hey blog readers!
Funny story: before May of 2012, I did not do much writing. However, that May I dove in as the author of this blog, which I started writing for a variety of purposes.
Little did I know, I would really take to blogging. I love it! And many of you have told me how much you enjoy reading my online musings. Some of you have mentioned that you have passed along to friends, family and co-workers. It is always so flattering when people tell me that they enjoy what I write. Especially since many of my readers are:
- Co-workers of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, learning new things about their fellow co-workers. Remember to say buen provecho when you see them eating!
- Mexicans living in the USA, remembering nuances of their home country. Like how people eat fruit differently across the border!
- Foreigners living in the USA, relating to the immigrant experience. They know what it is like to try telling a joke in a second language!
- Mexicans, seeing their country through a foreigner’s eyes. Why yes, friendship means something different in your culture!
- Peace Corps Volunteers, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, or Peace Corps hopefuls, being grateful for this opportunity. Even on the tough days when we are bent over a toilet bowl wishing earnestly for new organs!
To all of my readers: You are impressive people. You keep me honest and challenge me to continue posting subjects that will be interesting, culturally sensitive, funny, and informative.
Do you want to hear another funny story? I was notified this afternoon that Among the Stone Cactuses was selected as a winner of Peace Corps’ 2013 Blog It Home competition! No way!! I am so honored that my blog was selected as one of the four best blogs…in the whole world…as exemplifying the spirit of Peace Corps’ Third Goal!
This means that I will attend the Third Goal Mobilization Summit in Washington D.C. this August. Along with the other contest winners, I will plan and facilitate a session at the Summit, and give a presentation in a local school while in D.C. When I return to Mexico, I will share my takeaways with my fellow volunteers about “bringing the world home” and using communications for the cultural good.
Thank you all for reading and for inspiring me to strive even higher. Thank you to Mexico for being such a wonderful subject. And thank you to Peace Corps for the exciting opportunity of expanding cultural understating to more Americans!
The logic of the Peace Corps is that someday we are going to bring it home to America.
President John F. Kennedy
I am very proud of you, and all that you are doing as a Volunteer. It is great to have you representing Peace Corps and Mexico!
Mexico’s Country Director, Dan Evans
The other contest winners:
Making me smile (besides the obvious!):
- Sharing chocolate birthday cake and locally grown coffee in an adorable café on a cold, rainy afternoon…after a 17 kilometer trail run/hike! We started in a cloud forest and ended next to tropical sugar cane plantations and ferns that were almost the same height as me. We were sure to jump off a waterfall for a freezing cold swim about mid-run
- While watching fireflies and lightening brighten a dark forest, my friend’s seven-year-old cousin stood by my side with wide eyes, clasping my hand with her tiny fingers. She happily pointed to almost every firefly that she saw, crying out “oooohhh, look, there’s another!” Then she got me: she extended her hand again and excitedly said “Look! my FINGER!” I love seven-year-old jokes
- Meeting a 74 year old woman who has, every day of her life, hiked up and down a mountain in plastic sandals, 2 hours each way. She looked so strong and healthy!
- Making legitimate progress on my collaborative grant writing process, even though it is a bit of a headache. As they say in Mexico vale la pena, it’s worth the effort
- Now I finally have an excuse to buy one of the traditional, handwoven blouses from my state. I have only been pining after them for half a year now: