I found out last night that I may have been causing all kinds of havoc around the valley since we’ve been here without even knowing it! Just simply by walking through the stores or eating out somewhere…. realistically, any place I’ve ventured out to when walking out my front door. I feel awful & pray that I haven’t inadvertently offended anyone.
Mal de Ojo – this is something I’ve never heard of before but something that I may or may not have been doing. It is the evil eye
… and it’s not done through some malicious act… it comes from good… I learned that if you look at a child and think or say the child is beautiful, you must also touch the child. By only thinking or saying it, without touching, I could be making the child very ill. Or at least causing alarm in the parents of the child. I didn’t know this!
I have got to find a book that includes things like this so that I can learn more about the culture. I’m sure that there are many things I have said/done that could be offensive without even knowing it.
Last night we spent the evening at the head coach’s house. He & his wife invited us all over for an evening together. It was very nice. They had more food than any wedding I’ve been too! BBQ chicken, beef, ribs, sausage…. beans, potatoes, slaw, and etc. Pies everywhere, hor d’oeuvres (I can never spell that word & have to look it up each time & usuallyI just end up calling them horsey dervies). Wine, beer, tequila, margaritas…. anything a person could want they had. Most all the coaches & wives were there. It was nice to spend time with them getting to know more about all of them. It is disheartening though to learn that many of the coaches graduated HIGH SCHOOL not that long ago. Holy shit I’m getting old. Some of them are younger than my daughter…. crap.
It is VERY early Sunday morning right now. Why am I up? Pft, the Queen has demanded it of me. She was ready for her snack sticks. Coach is in there snoring his ass off while I sip my coffee and grumble a bit at the dog. Later this morning we are going to have breakfast at Luby’s, after which Coach will be reporting to work & I will surely be returning to bed. Ha!
And now, I will share a photo with you from the archives… I took this picture at Brayton Fire Field in College Station, TX. This is the location of the TEEX Fire programs… it is an incredible place! In the summer during firefighter summer school, they have what is called Public Burn Night. They light all the props on fire and the fire students put it out. It’s beautiful! I am honored to have had many friends who are instructors, managers, & firefighters.