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A LITTLE LATER WEDNESDAY

March 31, 2012
Rocks I found near las barrancas de cobre

Rocks I found near las barrancas de cobre

“Who lives here?”

“I don’t know.”

“Then why do you have the key?”

He just smiled mysteriously and let us in the little cottage. The front room was smartly decorated in maroon and beige, and I noticed an 8 X 10 photo of Jaime on the huge console TV. I wondered if this were his girlfriend’s house, but he interrupted my thoughts with a whisper in my ear.

“I love you, Jenny.” I felt a tingly feeling rush through my body. I held him and he hugged me, and he told me he wanted to be with me, but he was afraid I would get pregnant. I wanted to say something, to do the right thing, to just say no. Although I was a little unsure about the whole situation, I let my passion sweep me away, and I followed him into the tiny bedroom (very cute, in dark blue and white, and as neat as a motel room!) where he kissed me like no guy has ever kissed me before! We slow danced to the music on the radio and held each other close. Everything was perfect. We were in perfect harmony, as close as two human beings can be. I felt a love for him that was so strong.

The next thing I knew, we were in the living room watching cartoons, Road Runner y Speedy Gonzales. Jaime brought me some corn chips and 7, and we crowded into one chair and giggled together.

Now, it all seems so crazy, but at the time, it was the most natural and wonderful experience. I squished my hands in his hair, to feel the funny texture, and he stroked my hair, telling me it was the most beautiful hair he’d ever seen. What a romantic guy! (So why does it seem a little bit corny when I write it down? He made me feel so good!) Before we left the house, he turned me so that I was facing him, and put his hands on my shoulders.

“Next summer, please come back to Mexico so I can marry you,” he insisted.

“I-we-I need-we have to see what happens this year,” I stuttered (sounding like a total fool, I’m sure!)

“No matter what happens, I will always love you, Jenny,” he told me, looking directly into my eyes with his milk-chocolate, sleepy brown eyes. I believed him, but I was unable to say anything! Imagine that, Jenny Davis without a thing to say!

We left the charming little house and walked (on clouds) back to Cande and Miguel’s place. Lisa was in the kitchen talking to Miguel’s sister and her husband, and she beckoned me to join them. I know I was beaming, but I couldn’t follow what they were talking about; I had just had a marriage proposal! (My second one this week! Yet this one was more realistic.) So how could Jaime act so normal? He was so calm!  Well, he did seem extra happy, but he’s always so optimistic anyway.

I was dying to talk to Lisa alone, but we didn’t get a chance. (She seemed to be completely healed!) She was totally involved with the people in the kitchen, and Jaime wanted to sit in the car with me to talk privately for a while. Un beso, dos besos, tres besos. I will miss you. Sure. I will! Sure. I understand, for I will miss you. We promised to write.

Night was falling, and I was very sleepy, so I came to bed to rest, hoping Lisa would come in to talk, but she’s still having a great time in the kitchen. I guess I will talk to her tomorrow. Oh, I can’t believe it, tomorrow is our last day here! Then, most of the group (including Lisa) will be going south to Mexico City and to the coast, but some of us have to return to the states (like I do.)

This different life is almost over! Goodnight!

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