FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Why did you move to Mexico? This is never an easy question to answer. I usually tell people it was out of curiosity. During a visit to the States, Hubby's eldest brother kept mentioning how wonderful our life could be in Mexico. Although we found the idea more than appealing, we quickly put it out of our minds, because I was about to give birth to our second child.
A year later, my in-laws went to the States for a visit and mentioned that my brother-in-law still wanted us to move to Mexico. We thought about it and finally decided to give it a try. For six months. Well, we liked it so much we've been here for almost 10 years. (You can read the whole story here.)
2. Do you like Mexico? I love Mexico! The food, the people, the culture, the traditions. I'm pretty sure that if I hadn't liked it here, I would have returned to the U.S. long ago.
3. Was it hard getting used to living in Mexico? Oh yeah! It was very hard. I cried myself to sleep almost every night during the first six months. My new life in Mexico wasn't bad, but it was very different from the life that I was accustomed to in the States. And I missed my grandparents and friends, terribly! BUT...I adapted and finally fell in love with life here. *For those of you who have just moved to Mexico or are planning on moving here, it does get easier as time goes by. Just be patient!
This quote from Maya Angelou sums it up best: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
4. Do you miss the United States? Yes. And no. I miss my friends and grandmother the most. And I miss certain traditions/holidays that aren't celebrated in Mexico.
5. Does your family visit you? Sadly, no. My grandpa did come visit me 6 months after I moved here. Pappy wanted to see where I had moved to and he wanted to be sure that I was being treated well. He and my grandmother made another visit in March 2006, to meet their newest great-grandchild. (Jack.)
Pappy passed away 3 years ago. My grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer's, is living in a rest home. (My wonderful Uncle looks after her.) And my mother passed away 3 months after my grandpa. So, I really don't have any family that can come visit me.
6. Do you visit the United States often? No. My last visit to the States was almost 8 years ago. I don't mean to sound crass, but there is nothing for me to go back to. (See question #5)
7. How did you learn to speak Spanish so well? First of all, people almost never believe me when I tell them that I am 1/4 Mexican. Then I go on to tell them the story explaining that I had to learn Spanish when my grandmother married Pappy, my step-grandfather, who was Mexican and spoke no English at all. (Click here to read all about it.)