My neighborhood was very quiet this morning, after lots of music and noisy activity into the wee hours, which is typical in Mexican neighborhoods on Saturday nights. Fortunately, if tired, I can sleep through nearly anything, so I was up, and had pan dulce from the local bakery with my coffee, very early. A bit before 8 a.m. I was swimming, with the entire swimming pool to myself, which was divine. Coffee, Mexican pastry and an hour in the pool is a delicious and decadent way to start the day!
The exercise left me tired – the good kind of tired you are after a satisfying workout – so I indulged myself with a nap. Before noon! The rest of the day was spent visiting with friends and family and eating, which are the primary activities of most of the Mexican people I know on Sunday. Families and friends, good food, and cold drinks are the business of Sunday.
In my life before Mexico I spent Sunday getting ready for the work week, exhausting myself doing all the laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning the house. Now I get ready for Monday on Monday morning, Tuesday on Tuesday morning, etc. – you get the idea. I do laundry one load at a time, usually when I am wearing the last of my favorite clothes, and I certainly don’t do laundry when I could be visiting with friends or family! I rarely go to a “real” grocery store; we have them, but I prefer the fruit and vegetable market, and the meat and fish markets – they are smaller, they are less expensive than the supermarkets, and parking is a snap. But I never shop on Sunday; I can pop into those stores on my way home from work during the week. I also don’t clean house – Clara comes on Tuesdays. I do load the dishwasher, and try to make Clara’s job easy. Clara is one of my favorite things about my life in Mexico.
One of the healthiest habits I have adopted in Mexico is the Mexican tradition of enjoying Sunday to the fullest, and tackling the other days one by one. Changing my habits to slow down and forget work on Sundays came to me ‘way too slowly, but using Sunday to truly relax is now one of my very favorite things about my life in Mexico.