Saturday, March 31, 2012

Circa 1969

It was December of 1969 that my family traveled to Mexico for Christmas. Several years earlier we had a foreign exchange student staying with us and it was his family that we were going to spend the holiday with. It was, even for a child of 7, a wonderful experience. I do however think that it is something that I could appreciate much more now. Some of the sites we saw are still so clear in my mind. We spent a day touring the Mayan ruins, another on the sandy white beaches of our hosts beach house.
I still have two souvenirs that my parents bought for me on that trip. One is a doll who has not been preserved too well but technically is still in one piece. The other is this
  I don't recall exactly where we bought this or what even made me choose it. Makes no difference because every time I look at it I remember the trip. If only for a moment or two, it takes me back to 1969 and the Merida Yucatan Peninsula

22 comments:

Grace said...

It's a striking image you created...cooking utensils, I imagine - handmade...Perhaps your innate interest in handcrafted items made you choose it???

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I love the culture of this country....the art, the carvings, the simple pleasures of their designed implements. One I bought at a village outside Puerto Vallarta was a stone Molcajete that I brought home and cured with fresh garlic to make my own salsas, guacamole, etc. etc. It's a treasure...and priceless to me.

I loved your share today Ann. Very interesting.

Duni said...

Wow, it must have been a fabulous trip with you remembering all those details!
Is that a mortar and pestle? And what is that behind it? Just curious :)

Ann said...

That's so cool Ann... just goes to show that even some of our earliest experiences can shape our lives. Well, maybe that's overstating it a bit, but you know what I mean. :)

Marg said...

What fun to remember things like that. That is a interesting item and all hand carved. I like that a lot. Have a great weekend.

Sandra said...

this is a cool little wood carving. when i was 8 my granddaddy took us on a 2 week trip from Florida to New York City with stops in DC and Rock city. i remember Niagara Falls and the fear of that gondola that goes over it, mother could not ride because i refused to get on it. i remember getting a spanking on the steps in front of Lincoln in his chair because i wanted to go home. it is odd how many things i remember and i was only 8.

Catherine said...

It's fun to look at our keepsakes and remember. These are cool!
xo Catherine

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Wow, what a wonderful account! I am thinking that I was around the same age when my dad took us across the border into Juarez when we lived in El Paso, but my most prominent memory of that trip is of tasting the green stuff in the bowl on our table in the restaurant and ruining the evening for everyone within earshot.

Out on the prairie said...

A good trip it sounds and an unusual souvenier.My kids loved to barter while we were there.

Erika said...

What a great memory! That looks like what is used to ground the corn to make tortillas and to grind spices. My mom has the one my grandma used but hers is stone.

This post is making me crave really good enchiladas.

Sandee said...

How cool. Some childhood experiences last a lifetime. This is such a good one to remember.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

Don't unplug your hub. said...

Is it a pestle and mortar? I expect you were attracted to it's sculptural beauty.

Ginny said...

Wow, what an amazing adventure you had!!!! Now this looks a bit like a mortar and pestle, and a chopping block, that is what I would say it is. But strangely enough, it also looks like an ink well with a pen in it, and a tiny writing desk, go ahead and laugh!!!

Sharkbytes said...

I have never been to Mexico. Interesting shapes to those objects. Not sure what they are. Mortar and pestle?

BeadedTail said...

What wonderful memories and I know you weren't that old yet either! I don't know what that is but what Erika said makes sense.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

So glad you had the opportunity to take such a great trip, Ann, even if you were only 7.

I took a trip to California with my parents when I was 8... We went to my older brother's wedding. I don't remember much about that trip--but do have some memories and really enjoyed it.

Hugs,
Betsy

Sher said...

I have a few items that take me back to a certain time. Those are special things and it's so nice when something sparks a memory.

Pat said...

Lovely memento. Do you use it?

Donna said...

Such a beautiful keepsake! You had good taste for a 7 year-old!

momto8 said...

isn't it fun to think about those good memories?!!

Helen said...

Great photo as always! We used to have a larger one for pounding rice grains back in Cambodia.

Greeting from Florida!

allotments4you said...

I always think it's wonderful to have keepsakes to help bring your memories back to life. they don't have to be visual either...I have songs and scents that make me recall certain events and activities in my life...sense are a wonderful thing!!

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