I was in Mexico and I saw the caravan.
Actually, I saw several.
My favorite was led by a decorated burro carrying a beautiful bride. The groom strutted beside her, followed by musicians, and formally-garbed family members and well-wishers. They sang. Yes – “Ay-i-yi-yi-i-i” rang in the narrow cobblestone street.
I sang too.
The caravan did not seem to be heading in a direction that threatened an invasion of my country and I admit to mixed feelings about that. This looked like a group of people that would make any country better.
The bride and groom were younger than, and the street was older than my country. I felt happily in between.
So, I sang too.
I was told a bit later by a cab driver that 28 weddings were taking place in San Miguel that day. 28 caravans not coming to invade the US.
I also saw a caravan of uniformed schoolchildren with backpacks released from school for the day. They ran, they screamed, they giggled…some of them even danced.
None of them demonstrated any invasive intentions.
One Sunday I was part of a caravan of gringo baby-boomers bouncing through the countryside to an open-air venue that featured killer tacos and a réchauffé of US rock from the 60’s. It was a real good time, but frankly, it felt more like an invasion than the other caravans I’ve described. Still, there was no threat in the air or on the news…just Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in Spanish.
I know there are serious sadnesses in our hemisphere that need to be addressed.
But there are also celebrations to be had around every corner if we are open to them. Fear and threats and lies will deny us the celebrations while doing naught to assuage the sadnesses.
I was in Mexico and with me was spring.
I returned home where spring was imminent.
I vowed to celebrate that spring…and sing…and find me some killer tacos.