Sunday, October 18, 2009
I DON'T UNDERSTAND!
Why do people feel that those who live in San Miguel don't understand Mexicans? That they are not assimilated into the Mexican culture. That they are not contributing to the well being of the Mexicans, if there Spanish isn't fluent? Isn't that very pedestrian and snobbish?
Who's to judge?
I don't take it personally. I consider the source of the criticism sometimes and say, "Oh well, that's just how that person is - they are judging me or us based on their own attitudes." But it just doesn't seem to let up. Get over it people.
San Miguel is an anomaly in Mexico. I've been doing business in Mexico since 1974, but had traveled here for the first time in 1968. I purposely chose San Miguel for many reasons - but the fact that ex-pats were here was not one of them. Some of them are: The singular beauty is breathtaking. The architecture is awe inspiring. The location is central and one can "spoke out" easily to all over Mexico. It is easy to drive back to the states to see family and friends. Culturally there is much to do here. Volunteering-wise there are many ways to make a difference either individually in a Mexican life - or collectively. That's just a few of the reasons. Who gives a crap if someone is fluent in Spanish or not? I personally would say that many of us have made way more of a difference in lives - irregardless of whether we're fluent or not. It's just sour grapes, in my opinion. A need to feel superior.
So, I'll get off my soapbox now. I hope, if you see yourself in these comments, that you'll zip your lip. My Mom always said, "If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all". It works.