Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Expats Must Adapt

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Weekly Life Lessons with a Mexico Mom – As a wife of one and a mom of four, it seems like I am always learning and discovering. I know I am not alone. Let’s just admit it: The world is a big place, life is a lesson, and children can be the best teachers. This will be my standard introduction for Life Lessons. I hope you join me every week for a hearty laugh, a deep thought, or maybe both, if I am really on the ball. Subscribe in the right sidebar.

Here are my insights about being an expat and adapting to life, as a Mexico Mom, for the week of June 1st, 2015. These are a few things you may have to do without in Mexico, even if only for a temporary time. You must be willing to adapt and change if you are going to live abroad. Remember you are the outsider and Mexico, or any other country, won’t change for you. Making changes is a sign of humility and all of us need to cultivate that quality. Humility shows strength of character anyhow :-)

Life Lesson 83: Hot Water

We have lived in four homes in the past year in South Mexico, and in each one we have temporarily lived without hot water. That means showering in cold-water and cleaning house with cold-water. It is not always pleasant, especially the showering part, but it works. At least, we have water, unlike some folks in many countries :-(

Life Lesson 84: Internet

In the US I took my Internet for granted. I have gone weeks without Internet here and each time it gets a little easier. My house gets super clean and I get caught up on all my other work :-) It is crazy how much we have come to rely on Internet. We use it to pay bills, to watch TV, and to communicate with our loved ones. Internet is not a given in Mexico though and it may take weeks to get it set up in your new digs.

Life Lesson 85: Air-Conditioning

None of my homes, past and present, in Mexico have air-conditioning. It does get a little warm at times but you open the windows, turn on the fans, and live with it. Eventually your body adapts to the new temperatures. Thankfully there is not as much humidity here as there is in Kentucky, as least not in the city of Uruapan, Michoacan.

Bonus: Life Lesson 86: On-Time Appointments

No one is on time. It’s just the way Mexico rolls. If they say 10 minutes, that really means 30 minutes. I fit in great here!! Hahaha :-) If they make an appointment with you, it may change without you even knowing or they may not even show up. If they are hooking up a utility like the Internet, they will tell you, “It could take up to 15 days. Stay at home and wait…” Yeah right.

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Want to see the preceding life lessons? Check them out here: Chickens Do Cross the Road. Signing off, Tina, aka Mexico Mom

4 thoughts on “Life Lessons with Mexico Mom – Expats Must Adapt

  1. Mark A Jones says:

    I am looking to move to Mexico in a couple of years. With only SS as my income, I know no Spanish but can learn, I’s like a small 1-5 acres to ‘farm’. I too enjoy ministry to the poor. Can you suggest an area more to the North?

  2. Elicia Shepard says:

    This was such a fun read! My husband and I are teachers and potentially moving to Torreon, Mexico in August (we currently live in Morocco) I am expecting our first baby and loved reading what you had to say as I plan to stay at home with the babe!

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