There is a group of us who meet every Monday morning at Don Tomas, adjacent to the jardin, for coffee, conversation and silliness.
We are a group of eleven. However, the size expands and contracts depending on the weather, the time of year, and visitors from the USA who have joined us in the past.
When a holiday comes up it is common for the number to expand, which was what happened today.
I had purchased eleven Fourth of July headbands for our eleven "members" - a term I use very loosely, because there is no membership. Rather, these are the "regulars" who are here mostly each week.
At Christmas I buy headbands with Santa Claus, snowflakes and whatever else will make us all look silly, have fun and giggle.
Today was the first time that we have had Fourth of July headbands with stars and glitter. The reaction from
people walking by was priceless. Truly.
Many citizens of Mexico came up and wished us "Happy Birthday"! Some came up and said "Happy Fourth of July". So many asked if they could take photos of us, that we kiddingly repeated, "Yes for pesos" and we all laughed.
Tourists came up with their cell phones and wanted to photograph us to send photos back to the USA to
friends and family. MANY great conversations ensued. I met a girl who recently graduated from the University of North Carolina. In addition, a couple from Orange County California stopped by and we
talked for quite a while. She is an art historian and teaches at a university. Her husband is an attorney
in California. I would say they were in their mid 30's and trying to figure out how they could come to San Miguel with their two children, live and make a living. Delightful.
None of this would have happened if we had not had the silly headbands on. Here are a few photos to bring a smile to your face.
Happy Fourth of July to all of you from all of us in San Miguel. And, "No""to the question from someone on the street which was, "Are there fireworks tonight?"