Long ago in Mexico

At home in Taretan, Michoacán.

My child bride was born at home in Uruapan, Michoacán, a bit over 60 years ago, but the family quickly moved to a smaller town nearby, a place called Taretan. As some of you know, her father was a doctor, and he delivered her, as he did his entire throng of offspring.

It usually went well. The only time it didn’t was baby No. 5, a delivery that resulted in mama’s death, which surely was very hard on the doctor, but he went on to marry again and have five more children. He was fond of kids, perhaps to a fault.

Today I was looking through photos, and here are three. My child bride is in them all.

A bath in a galvanized tub, a good fit at the time.
That’s her on the right. The other is a sister.

10 thoughts on “Long ago in Mexico

    1. Leisa, P.S.: Streets still are built that way, especially but not exclusively in tourist areas. It drives me nuts. They are no fun to drive over, to put it mildly. I derisively refer to them as “colonial streets.” Plenty of them here in my town.

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      1. Felipe: Ah, yes, the smaller towns as well are cobbled with all sorts of stone sizes as I recall. Yes, as a tourist we find them quaint and some even attractive. I always felt sorry for horses in your parades that have to move quickly over the uneven and rounded surfaces of those streets. But it is what it is. Colonial streets is a doable term.

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  1. Well! How adorable! I also looked up Taretan. It’s one of those rare spots that doesn’t have Google StreetView, though three photos of the plaza were uploaded. There’s something kind of cool about being off of StreetView these days. Nova terra incognita, as it were.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where StreetView paints a misleading view of how nice the weather is.

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    1. Kim: I suspect that it will be a long spell more before Google discovers Taretan. It’s rather off the beaten path. We drive there now and then. It’s fun. And it’s also where both of my in-laws are buried.

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  2. It’s a good thing to look at old photos, especially from childhood, in order to keep perspective in one’s life. The older we get the faster things change.

    And, then there’s 2020!

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    1. Ricardo: When I abandoned the United States, I tossed almost everything, including photos. I overdid it. I have few photos of my past. I took the cutting of ties to an extreme. I wish I had not done that in the photo department.

      But we have lots of photos of my wife.

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