Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

Fifth of May

Today has become a day of festivities in the USA to celebrate the Mexican culture. Many cities celebrate in the USA with a Cinco de Mayo Festival with Mexican food, folk dancing, crafts and music.

It seems that this day is being celebrated more in the USA than in Mexico. In Mexico, this holiday is celebrated mainly in the state of Pueblo. The holiday commemorates the Mexican’s army’s defeat of French forces on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army defeated a French army that was better equipped and which had not been defeated in nearly 50 years. This battle is also important since it was the last time an army had attacked the Americas from another continent.

Many think May 5 is Mexico’s Independence Day, but it is not. The National Independence day in Mexico is celebrated on September 16, and that day is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Beverly and I have many friends in Mexico, since we lived there for over two and one-half years when I was working for Eastman. We have many fond memories of the people, our friendships, and our experiences while living in the little town of Cosoleacaque, Veracruz, Mexico.

Here’s a few pictures we took during our days in Mexico.

Catemaco: Jungle Boats
BoatJungle for WS
Coatzacoalcos: Rust Buckets
Coatzacoalcos: Cocos for Sale
cocos for sale
Dining Out in Coatzacoalcos
dinner in coatzacoalcos
Going Out to the Gulf of Mexico
fishing boat
An Olmec Head in Villahermosa
Salto de Eyipantla Waterfalls
Pyramids at Palenque
Minatitlan: Colorful Fruits
Sunset in Cosoleacaque

Yesterday Was Sad
Yesterday, May 4, was our son’s birthday. Greg would have been 47 years old if he had not got killed in an automobile accident in 1983. Greg was on his way home from work when he had an accident on Interstate 40 such east of Nashville. He was driving toward Lebanon, TN from Nashville. Our granddaughter Mandy, was only 6 weeks old. The shock and sorry of that day will never be forgotten. He is missed dearly. We all loved him so much.

JB&GFeb66The picture to the right is “out of the attic”. It was taken in February in 1963 (Over 46 years ago) in Dad’s backyard. That our 1963 Pontiac Catalina behind us. Yes, that’s Beverly and I with our son Greg.

Memories are wonderful, but they bring both joy and tears at times.


Tennessee Granddaddy Says:
If you seek after happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, honesty in your work, doing the very best you can, and putting God first, then happiness will find you.

Quote of the Day
A bad day of fishing is better
than a good day of work. 
~Author Unknown


(I left a lot of work around the house this morning to head for Douglas Lake with my friends Doug and Ralph. I know what is better.)

Joke of the Day

A guy goes into a restaurant/lounge wearing a shirt open at the collar and is met by a bouncer who tells him he must wear a necktie to gain admission.

So the guy goes out to his car and he looks around for a necktie and discovers that he just doesn't have one. He sees a set of jumper cables in his trunk. In desperation he ties these around his neck, manages to fashion a fairly acceptable looking knot and lets the ends dangle free.

He goes back to the restaurant and the bouncer carefully looks him over for a few minutes and then says,

"Well, OK, I guess you can come in - just don't start anything."

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1 comment:

Ruby said...

Memories~ make us smile and bring tears they are always with us in our heart!
Hope the fishing was great!