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Adiós to Mexico

My keyboard looks like a pirate’s maw, gaping holes that were once keys, stains on others, and my hard drive is jammed full of photographs: pyramids, pink stone, parades, fireworks behind cathedral spires, and hundreds of hotel rooms I could … Continue reading

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Dia del Niño

“When we see a pretty flower, we stop to look at it and smell it, right?” My son keeps his face hidden. He gets shy when strangers gush at him. “And seeing that flower makes us happy, right?” He nods … Continue reading

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Citizen Limbo

  The doorbell buzzes. It is probably Alfredo, our neighborhood auxiliary policeman who is not so old but is missing a prominent front tooth. He visits periodically to collect our twenty-peso contribution to his force-of-one. More often, he drops by … Continue reading

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Sweet Mexican Education

(My latest Love in Mexico correspondence essay is live on National Geographic’s Glimpse.org. An excerpt is below, or read the whole thing here.) “Dulce, dulce, dulce, dulce,” sings my two-year-old son as I stroller him over cobblestones. Yes, “candy” is … Continue reading

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Comparative Parenting, or, Freezing My Babies in Mexico

“Señora, his feet!” The woman rushing at me over the cobblestones, well-dressed in a beige pantsuit, all but gasped in horror. I stopped pushing my son’s flimsy stroller, but before I could defuse the situation, she had my toddler’s bare … Continue reading

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“Dashboard Crucifix” on Glimpse.org

My son may not be safe in all the ways that he could be. He might not be safe at all. But I want more for him than his bodily safety and my peace of mind. I also want him … Continue reading

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La Venganza Baby

La venganza—that’s what stomach distress is called in Mexico. Moctezuma’s revenge on Mexico’s invaders. La venganza set in for me the Saturday before Christmas. We’d been at a party until our toddler broke Baby Jesus out of the nativity scene … Continue reading

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