The Rare Jungle Siting – A Visitor

25 Dec

We have a guest! It’s been years since any family members or friends have come to see us in Mexico. It’s so fun having someone ooo and aah and run around taking pictures. We get to see everything through fresh eyes and appreciate the beauty of our home.

Stella is always the perfect welcoming committee.

Our friend Mary lived next door when our adult children were little. I have an absolutely favorite memory of her that I’d like to share. I had just adopted a cat named Isis. She was a young calico and absolutely loved kids. We were delighted with this new addition to our family. One day, not long after we got her, Isis got sick and the vet said she wasn’t likely going to make it. They quoted us an intervention that was more money than I had. With no guarantee or even likelihood of survival we decided against treatment.

Roof of the pirate fort, Bacalar.

I sat up with the kitty all night keeping her hydrated. In the early morning hours she died in my arms. I felt a charge of electricity pass through her like nothing I’d even felt. Her little spirit had left.

We had a viewing on the back porch and all the neighborhood children came to see the dead cat and ask questions about death. “Why is she stiff and yet her fur is still soft?” “What if she wakes up and is covered in dirt?”.

Our favorite taco place.

We had just had three big holes dug in the yard to plant shade trees, a perfect final resting place for Isis. As we gathered the next day to lay Isis to rest, it was pouring rain. My kids’ dad had to bail water out of the hole. It was almost a burial at sea!

Mr. Taco 🌮

As children gathered together under umbrellas, Mary pulled up and joined us with a fist full of little white daisies. Each child got a stem. At that point, I pretty much lost it. We each stood in the rain, dropped our flowers into the grave and said what we liked about Isis. It is clearly one of my favorite memories and the children were precious

My youngest in plaid.

Thank you Mary and thanks for coming to visit our home. Next time you must stay longer!

DOS TORTAS

2 Responses to “The Rare Jungle Siting – A Visitor”

  1. Emilie December 27, 2022 at 2:59 pm #

    What a special memory! I’m sure you really enjoyed having Mary visit.

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