Sunday, September 17, 2006
Pre-hurrican Jitters in Chacala
I was feeling kind of nervous and anxious all day. I was thinking, "Ah, now that my son has gone home, this hurricane is really going to hit us!!!" So I went walking around town, visiting, playing with the kid-niks and taking pictures. And buying more water and TP. Just in case.
When I am out wandering around town, I always stop to pet one of the cutest little dogs in Chacala. He lives at this house with a large Nopal (called Nopali in Chacala), in front of it. One of my most helpful books, Ornamental Plants and Flowers of Tropical Mexico, says it's often called Prickly Pear Cactus. This one has red blossoms occasionally.
I have been reading about this plant, because some varieties (is that the right botanical word?) help diabetics control their glucose levels. As far as I can tell, it is very difficult for an ordinary person to tell which exact Nopali is good for diabetes.
But everyone in town is convinced that their Nopali is the right plant for diabetics. I get harassed by lots of people for drinking Cokes, and offered lots of Nopali to nibble on. Many people know I have Type 2 diabetes because I give glucose tests with my little meter to anyone who asks.
So, anyway, I end up snacking on little pieces of Nopali, wherever I go in town. Women are always chopping Nopali leaves into little pieces. It's used cooked in recipes, or as raw veggie, like cucumber or celery. It tastes fine and has a nice crispy texture, so I don't mind eating it. Whether or not it's the medically correct type.
I almost always run into these two little sweethearts whenever I am walking around town. Markito is on the left, and Hector Adrian is on the right. They are cousins, from the family of Don Beto and Dona Lupe, who live on the beach and operate a campground. There are more than 40 members of this family living in Chacala right now, counting spouses and kids. I love it that these kids have so much family to watch after them and to play with.
I have no clue where the "hand behind the head" pose came from. I didn't notice it until I had downloaded these photos.