Cinco de Mayo

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Retama Village, in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Another scorcher.  100.  Sunny

People who have been afraid to come out of their houses are now venturing out.  With not much else to do, we had several new swimmers at water aerobics.  So many, that we exceeded our 10-person max and had to send some home.  We decided to start a 3rd class with sign-up sheets for each class so everyone can participate.   Somehow I got appointed to coordinate that.  I just hope I don’t get anyone inadvertently mad at me. 

George bikes down 2 blocks to where the Airstream is parked everyday to do his exercise routine in the trailer.  Today, he spotted this guy on the porthome wall there.  Yikes!

I spent some time (a lot of chopping) making tabbouleh with wheat berries, mint from my flower pot, parsley, and fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.  We will be eating this for lunch a lot this week!

The highlight of the day was a Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour with our daughter from Minnesota at exactly 5:05 on 5/05!

We dressed up in Mexican clothes.  Here she is….

Well, actually, by the time we figured out the Zoom connection….”hello, can you hear me?”….etc etc, it was 5:10. 

And here we are on the screen with the clothes we bought last year in Jocotopec.

Cinco de Mayo is kind of a made-up American holiday, an excuse to drink margaritas and eat Mexican food.  Many people think it is Mexico’s Independence Day.  This is what I learned from NPR…

“Cinco de Mayo is a time when Americans celebrate Mexico, and Mexicans grumble that Americans have no idea what they’re celebrating. This year, there is data to back up that perception – well, if you can count a poll paid for by Avocados from Mexico as reliable data. The poll says that only 22% of Americans know what Cinco de Mayo is actually about. Here’s the real history.

In 1862, during the U.S. Civil War, the French Army marched towards Mexico City. Emperor Napoleon III was eager to establish a second Mexican empire favorable to the French, an outpost in the New World that would serve as a kind of replacement for all that French land his uncle decided to sell to Thomas Jefferson in the Louisiana Purchase. So he sent a fleet to attack Veracruz, land of force and head to Mexico City. But they were defeated before they could even get there – at the Mexican city of Puebla – when a young Mexican general named Ignacio Zaragoza beat back the French troops in a bloody confrontation.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo celebrates that battle, the first battle of Puebla. And it’s pretty low key. Here in the U.S., it’s become a time to enjoy Mexican culture with tequila, guacamole, and tortillas.

By the way, there was a second battle of Puebla, which the French won. And Napoleon III did finally get his second Mexican empire, but it only lasted a few years. Here in the United States, enjoy Cinco de Mayo.”

I saw this cute post on Facebook about 5 de Mayo….

DINNER:  For some reason, I had forgotten it was 5 de Mayo when I was menu-planning, so we did not eat Mexican.  We had a pizza instead. 

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