The year is almost over and it strikes me that our time here in Mexico is passing quickly. Ryan was sucking on a mango pit this morning and we were enjoying a uncommonly quiet moment before the onslaught of feet and famine that emerges around 6:30 each morning.
Being a pensive little guy, Ryan struck up a conversation out of the blue, with yellow juice dribbling down his chin.
“It seems like this is our third year in Mexico, not counting the first year, neither the second year, but only the time in our third year, and it seems like we have lived here a very short time, but we haven’t.”
“That’s so true Ryan. What’s it been like living in Mexico for all this time?” I asked. I asked him to sit with me in front of my computer so that I could capture his thoughts, interview -style. He agreed. What follows are his words, unedited.
“Well, it is changing weather a lot where we live, very fast, we live in Yucatan Merida and I like living here and my favorite part about here is that soccer is very common. And I love to play soccer.”
“What else do you like to do?” I asked.
“Well, I like to spend some time with my family going to interesting places like the museum, sometimes an old movie theater, actually we haven’t been to an old movie theater yet, um, Paseo Montejo which is in Centro, and it’s very interesting, there’s lots of natural trees here but they still build lots of houses and buildings. There’s also a very interesting type of Mexican music called la jarana. Speaking of music, I like the guitar. And I take lessons. With my dad. Here where I live it’s not 100% easy but it’s just easy to get new friends.”
“Why is it easy to get new friends?”
“Because they live close to you.”
“What what is it like to learn to Spanish?”
“Hard at the beginning but then I started understanding it. Well I’m still having some mistakes right now, but in the past I was a lot worse. So I got a lot better. By going to school and Spanish tutoring.”
“What were your favorite serving projects this year?”
“That we work in sort of like a group called C-Quest and it’s a Christian group and we go and make songs and we sometimes give out food.”
“Where are your favorite places in Mexico?”
“I think here where I live (Yucatan), Chiapas, Mexico City, Palenque, and I really liked Holbox.”
“What would you like to do next year?”
“Well I don’t see to the future but I would like to do lots of things. For example, get better with my Spanish, try new museums, if they’re open, um, try Mexican restaurants, try new sports, etc.”
“Anything else you want to say? What would you like to remember about your third year in Mexico?”
“Well we haven’t finished the third year yet but we have still been here about 4 or 5 months in this house. So that’s a long time. I want to remember my soccer team. My guitar.”
“What do you think God has taught you this year?”
“To serve others before you serve yourself.”
Bravo Ryan, carry on my son.
Ryan – 8 years old