Illuminating… think about it

A lovely little bird sent this to me…

(The following post is not my writing. The author is unknown , but the piece was sent to me by Jeannie H., my long-time friend and colleague. I could not have expressed the sentiment better. I posted it on facebook but not everyone I know is a member…  so for you too, here it is)

Think about this and if you agree…  pass it on…


Gringo (a): – Hi, where are you from?

Mexican: – Hi, I’m from Mexico

Gringo (a): – Ah! The land of Chapo Guzmán, narcos, marihuana, crime and extortion.

Mexican -I’m sorry, are you a drug addict or a TV junkie?

Gringo (a) – No!!! Why?

Mexican -Because if you were an athlete or sports fan, you would have identified Mexico with Ana Guevara, Hugo Sanchez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Finito, Chicharito Hernandez, Canelo Alvarez, Rafael Marquez, etc.

If you were an educated person, you would have asked about the Aztec empire, the Mayan culture, the Olmecs or any other of the great mesoamerican cultures.

If you were a well traveled person you would have talked about our majestic archaeological sites, our tourist-friendly colonial cities, our megalopolis or our exotic beaches… the astonishing biodiversity of our rainforests, mountain ranges, deserts, conifer forests…

You could have identified Mexico with our great painters, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Frida Khalo, José Clemente Orozco; our composers: Agustín Lara, Consuelo Velázquez, Armando Manzanero, Juan Gabriel Jose Alfredo Jimenez, our writers and poets: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Juan Rulfo, Octavio Paz, Juan José Arreola, Elena Poniatowska, Amado Nervo, Jaime Sabines;

our inventors or scientists: Manuel Mondragón, Guillermo González Camarera, Luis Ernesto Miramontes; our cinematographers: Ismael Rodríguez, Emilio Fernández, Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Emmanuel Lubezki, and even Luis Buñuel, who, being originally from Spain, chose to adopt the Mexican nationality…

If you were a gourmand, you would have asked about Tamales, Cochinita Pibil, Mole, Adobo, Chilaquiles, Chiles en nogada, Guacamole, Pan de Muerto, etc. Or our traditional beverages: Tequila, Mezcal, wines and beers.

However, I can see, the only thing you can relate to Mexico is the provider to American drug addicts…

I just want you to realize that México is a lot more than what ignorant people and fear-mongering media knows or chooses to propagate.

There are millions of honest Mexicans, who even without knowing you, will open the door to our homes, and that if you care to visit, you will love to get to know us and to visit us. Mexico is even more than I can possibly tell you!


Author unknown

PS: I have also posted a slide show that depicts the real face of Mexico. The photographer is well known to me… he is my son, Carlos. Life has gotten so busy for him, and he has not taken many photos lately…. But I hope he gets back to it because he is excellent. BTW, he not only photographs people… Have a look at his work:

Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

21 thoughts on “Illuminating… think about it

  1. Well said and beautifully portrayed, Carlos.
    Unfortunately, it’s so so easy to criticize that which a person knows nothing about. The boys on the beach who invited my little grandson to join their soccer game on the sand and picked him up each time he fell down were the real México .


  2. Thank you for this; it’s definitely worth sharing. Too bad we can’t appropriately attribute it to its author. Though I lived in Mexico for 12 years, I don’t recognize many of the names but google will help me out.


      1. Joanna, THANK YOU for sharing this post!!! Every single day I wonder how this treasure of a country exists just south of such ignorance. How does that happen?! And in many ways, even with all the tourism, it still feels like one of the world’s best kept secrets!

        Don’t forget musician Marco Antonio Solis! 🙂 He has inspired the world, like so many Mexicans, and opened doors to ways of seeing and hearing, through the simple synthesis of musical genres. (And he is such good people!) One of so many, I know, but he has changed my life for decades now!

        And Carlos’ photos are AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing his blog!!


      2. I also like Marco Antonio Solis a lot. Thank you for liking Carlos’ photos too.

        I am glad you appreciated the “Illuminating” post. The writing is not mine, but the sentiments certainly are.

        Mexicans I know are so confused about the USA. The two countries have always had a challenging relationship, but this “out-there-in-your-face” hatred is becoming so widespread. It makes me cry.


      3. Same. Crying daily.
        I have gratefully found that folks I interact with south of the border understand deeply what is going on.
        They have well thought out personal experiences regarding bigotry, classicism, racism….many of my Mexican and Venezuelan friends have told me lessons from their own lives to try to help me understand the perilous (but not unique) situation the USA is in. This gives me hope (through the tears).


  3. I did see this on Facebook and shared it. I have heard many in my neck of the woods say they would never go to Mexico cuz of all the negativity spread by the media. I tell them “Nonsense!!!. No matter where one goes, those who look for trouble will find it wherever they go!” And yes, I agree, Carlos is a gifted photographer.


      1. El Naranjo over in Guatemala is at the top of my bucket list. They have improved the access of late. One goes in from Belize or from the border of Belize ,I should say. The road in from Yaxha is an impassable mess.

        I like Calakmul, I’ve been there a few times. I would enjoy doing a road trip with Carlos very much. March or February would be best, Ohio is just too nice in April or May to leave.

        The rio bec ruins have their attraction as well but that is hardcore 4×4 country.


      2. I mentioned your interest in a trip… Carlos says he’ll be happy to have you along. You can contact him by sending a facebook message to his page: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht or you can send your contacts to me in an email… I think you have my address.


  4. Too bad my tablet won’t let me see those spelling errors when they are made. I am sure you could still understand my meaning really 😋


    1. Hello Steve… so glad to have my blog where belongs … I wish I could be like you and post nearly every day, but alas, life continues to be as busy as ever here on “Planet Rosado”. But we carry on… Right now, Emma is visiting; the fussy baby you met about 5 years ago is an extremely articulate 6 year old and a force, not-to-be ignored. Welcome to “Changes in our Lives”.


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