The age of dust

WE ARE IN The Age of Dust. It lasts, more or less, two months, April and May. There is also the Age of Rain, the Age of Freeze and the Age of Loveliness.

That last one runs from November until late December. It is the Age of Loveliness because it has stopped raining; it is not freezing, and there is no dust to speak of.

It is neither hot nor cold. Our world is green, and the sky is blue. It is like that little bear’s porridge, just right.

The Age of Dust rivals the Age of Freeze as the worst of the year, but even those two Ages are pretty swell because this mountaintop is a wonderful place to live.

April also brings our wedding anniversary, 14 years now. Of my three marriages, this has been the longest even though I lived with my second wife for 19 years.

We were married just the final 10.

My Mexican child bride and I had known each other just under six months when we wed in the interior courtyard of her sister’s home on the main plaza.

We did not know each other very well, in large part due to the language barrier. My Spanish was still marginal, and her English was nonexistent.

But we took quite a shine to one another, and 14 years later it’s turned out just fine. I’d do it all over again.

Here’s a photo from the evening in question:


It was a low-budget affair. We didn’t even hire a photographer. A friend took pictures that were mostly useless.  A professional wouldn’t have that mystery hand in the photo.

There were about 30 guests. There was dancing, pozole and music, part of which was provided by this fellow:

We were married in the Age of Dust, and one day we will be dust, the both of us, likely me first, of course.

But it’s been a spectacular time. If you marry often enough, eventually you get it right. Dust doesn’t matter.

20 thoughts on “The age of dust

  1. Let me join in this groundswell of sincere congratulations.

    By the way, I like that photograph. The mysterious hand is either presenting the new couple to a grateful world or is offering guidance down a path of contentment. I prefer the latter. It has a bit of mystical realism in it. And I know how you Mexicans like that.


    1. Steve: I’m pretty sure the hand belongs to the woman judge who did the honors. I cropped this photo. Standing on the right side were my sister-in-law and her husband, the now-departed-by-.22-caliber-bullet character formerly known as The Eggman. All photos that night that included my sister-in-law showed her exuding a glowering envy. She does not hide her emotions well. She went through the entire evening doing her duty, but she clearly was not happy about it. Her envy remains alive and steaming down to this day. Neither of my wife’s sisters did nearly so well as my wife did, if I do say so myself.

      Mexican drama.


  2. Happy Anniversary. We like you, but are really keen on your wife, who is awesome. I remember her running up to our table in that restaurant behind the Pemex outside of Patzcuaro when she recognized us last October. Everybody on the tour bus wondered how we knew someone in Patzcuaro – I told them you guys were family. So, cousin, we hope you have a beautiful anniversary.

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    1. Andrés: Interesting article. I see some errors, but not too many. I’m glad my mountaintop town was not mentioned. Neither was your sweltering burg, but then it never is.


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