I first considered moving to Mexico on January 18, 1976. I had met Jorge on the first morning of a three-day stay Merida, and the next evening, sitting close together in a romantic patio restaurant, he proposed.
“¡Sí, Sí, Sí!” I heard myself saying… and as quickly as possible, I flew back to Canada, quit my job, gave away my furniture, sold my car and returned to Merida to be with him. We married exactly a year later.
Our son Carlos was born in Merida in 1981 and our daughter in 1985. In 1990 we founded a college for local and international students. (www.tttac.com) We worked hard and built TTT into one of Merida’s leading institutions of higher learning. Our children have now taken over “the family business” and are leading it in an innovative direction.
What I like best about living in Mexico is that people are so alive. There has not been one single day when I have not been surprised by something. Nothing is done half-way. Mexicans love, laugh, eat, drink and dance with gusto, and when they are upset, tears flow and fists pound down hard.
Jorge and I are semiretired and I am now free to rediscover the creative side of my personality. As a girl, I loved art, but when I moved to Mexico, I stopped pursuing it. Thirty years later, my son gave me an easel for Christmas and that got me painting again; it is once more a source of great joy to me.
In 1980, I was hired as the Merida correspondent for the Vistas section of The Mexico City News (at the time, the largest English-language daily paper in latin America) I also began publishing short stories and articles, but not until 2007 did I write my debut full length book, Tomando Agua de Pozo: A Guide for the Neophyte Yucatecan. My next one, Magic Made in Mexico: Live Your Dream in Mexico was released in 2010. And in late 2013, I my first novel, The Woman Who Wanted the Moon hit the book stores.
My new writing project is the true-life family saga of my Aunt Gisele, a painter, writer and WWII heroine. Born in Holland in 1912, she died a century later; I hope my readers will be inspired by the story of her long and valuable life.
I hope you will enjoy reading my blog, Writing From Merida. I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions at: email@example.com