Have you ever wondered what life is like for your children? As an adult, I’ve come to accept the hardships and limitations of our life here in Mexico, although sometimes not as gracefully as I should. When I read my son’s guest blog post, I had the opportunity to look at our life through his eyes. I hope you enjoy his little contribution.
by guest blogger WPFT.
I live in a small neighborhood called La Yacata. It’s called La Yacata because it has a small mountain of stones in the middle of it. There are like 7 families that live there, and we are pretty many neighbors even though we live a mile away from each other. My grandpa and my uncle live up the hill from where we do. It’s mostly trees and rocks and stuff. The roads are very badly paved. Most of my classmates and most of the people I meet think I live in a cave because we have no electricity. They don’t know how to survive that way. However, our living conditions are ok compared to some people because we are comfortable with the money we have, but we could still get more.
I’m in the second grade of middle school. I get up very early, at 5:30 am and go to school until 1:40 pm. My grades are pretty good. I like math. I don’t like physics and art. There are 45 kids in my class. I would like if the school had grass on the fields so that it’s more comfortable and easier to play there. (See Why we chose to send our child to public school in Mexico)
After school is over, I walk to the school where my mom works and play on the computer awhile. I like to play Minecraft, Halo, and Fable. I like to come to the school to play because we don’t have electricity at our house.
At 4:30 pm I go to soccer practice until 6:30 pm. During training, we run and jog. I train as a goalkeeper. The other kids make shots, and I stop them. I play goalkeeper on two teams. The difference between the two teams is that one team is made up of 12- and 13-year-olds and the other team are 15+-year-olds. I play with them even though I’m only 13. The little team is pretty good. We’re in third place on the ranking board.
After that, I go home to tend to the horses, goats, chickens and cats for about 2 hours. And let’s not forget about our dog Chokis. I give them water and feed them. I take the goats and horses out awhile so they can eat. The horses eat grass. The goats enjoy eating short grass and tree branches. With the goats, sometimes it’s very difficult to take care of them because they run around. There’s not a day that goes by that Chokis doesn’t go with me and the animals. Most of the time I listen to music while I’m out with the animals. I also like to read a book. When I bring them in, first I bring in the goats because if I bring in the horses first, the goats will run away. And then I go back and get the horses. After that, I give them water and feed them for the night. (See Our Family Hobby)
Then I read and go to bed, preparing myself for another day. Sometimes I play on my laptop when I take it home. I read with the flashlight in the night. I like to read adventure books. Sometimes I watch a movie on the portable DVD player. I like to watch comedy movies. I used to play on my phone, but now it has a tumor, and I can only see one corner of the screen. I have no idea when my mom is going to buy me a new one. I wash my face a lot, and then I go to bed.
On Saturdays, I go to the school where my mom works and use the computer and listen to music. I do a Portuguese course on DuoLingo and play Minecraft or watch YouTube videos. After that, I do my homework and take out the animals….again.
On Sundays, I go to wash clothes and then to my soccer game in the mornings. In the afternoons, I read a book and help my mom clean the house.
Sometimes my life is very boring because I have nothing to do or brothers or sisters to play with. Sometimes my mom is very annoying because she wants me to do boring stuff like write this blog post. My dad is very annoying because he makes me do stuff when I’m doing something else.
My life would be better if we had electricity and a fair amount of money and less animals because sometimes they are just too much for me to handle. Overall, life is medium-good, but it could be better.
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14 responses to “Life in Mexico–from the perspective of my 13 year old son”
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Ha, boring stuff like writing this blog post! Well, it was a very interesting post, so thank you so much for sharing this glimpse into your life. I wish my kids could hang out with you — my oldest would love playing Minecraft with you, and my middle could learn some new soccer moves. You sound like a pro.
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WPFT says Well as I said, its pretty boring writing this blog for me…but after a while I could learn to enjoy it!! And hope you liked it. Tell you son that at any time!! Just ask me!
It is so interesting to see our lives through our children’s eyes/viewpoint. Your son, although saying he’s bored, seems to be learning and very engaged in the goings-on of your family. He also sounds like a ‘typical’ pre-teen boy in that he wants more, but is also ok with what he has. Thank you for sharing your son’s perspective on living in Mexico! 🙂
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We do try and keep him in the loop with family activities and decisions. I wish I could provide more, but I expect all parents feel that way. 🙂
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Your life might sound boring to you, but it sounds fascinating to me! I am so impressed at all of the different things you do. Thank you for sharing what your days look like!
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Yeah well… You know the saying “The grass looks greener on the other side of the fence”??Or something like that.
I had to laugh at the teenage snark. Life could (almost) always be better, but your life is still much better than that of many. (And I think that many aspects of it sound fascinating!) I also love the simplicity of this life; so many of us are completely overrun with electronics! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your life!
Oh no problem. Its not like I had to investigate anything so no big deal!!
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