Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.
First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico. Time passed. More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening. A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.
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I live a bit in the boonies with not too much around me although I am only a few kilometers from the main drag into the city. However, you can see from previous posts just how lush and open the countryside is around me.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I heard a band playing highly energetic music almost right outside my door. Of course, I was out in seconds to see what was happening and found a parade of little kids and their parents going from house to house led by the band and a police car.
It turned out that they were from a little school just over the hill in a quite isolated area.
There was something so happy and real about this little parade. I mean, c'mon.
Maybe it was that all the kids and their parents were all so young, but I think it was the complete lack of pretense, just the joy of being there and pretty much doing it totally right.