Over the last few weeks, this sign has been popping up more and more often here at lakeside.
It’s actually a popular phrase being repurposed for COVID times. Literally translated, it means “no one thunders here”. It’s a catchphrase, used like “no child left behind” in the U.S.
Currently, it’s a designation or declaration to shop local, to support local businesses and shops or tiendas as they are known in Spanish.
Chapala and lakeside are in the process of re-opening, albeit slowly. Businesses and restaurants are back online so to speak. Larger venues, such as malls, movies, concerts and sports events, are still in the future (or at least I dearly hope they are).
The sign is a reminder to shop locally, to support the literally mom-and-pop (and often the kids and pets) that are the owner-operators.
There truly is a feeling of we take care of each other here. It’s a beautiful thing.
For readers outside of Mexico, you might be hearing horror stories about Mexico on the mass media. I’ve gotten a few concerned calls from friends asking if I’m okay and recounting the horrors of which they hear.
So, let me tell you want is reality here.
First, there are not piles of dead bodies in the streets. The healthcare system is working just fine thanks.
Second, the police are still on duty and behaving.
Third, Mexico is certainly not a “failed state” as some have described it. At least not here.
And recall too that Chapala and lakeside are basically suburbs of Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico.
I look out my floor to ceiling windows at bright sunshine, puffy white clouds, a slight breeze, nice and warm, birds chirping and luscious green vegetation.
Part of the joy of living here is that I can easily avoid the mainstream media in the U.S. and its carousel of horrors. Yes, Mexico has news too, but I don’t yet speak enough Spanish to watch the news on television. And I stay away from all the news websites. My twitter feed gives me a nice cogent summary of anything I need to know.
Last, I’m say that I’ve heard from my primary care physician several times during the lockdown, inquiring about how I’m doing and staying in touch.
This is Mexico!