it’s cinco de mayo!
i love this day.
it’s a day of celebration.
outrageously beautiful color !
a favorite cuisine here where i live.
and i absolutely LOVE IT!
actually it can be very healthy.
my favorites . . .
i adore the refried frijoles with spanish rice!
avocado ~ guacamole or just purely plain
tortillas both corn and flour!
chimi changas . . . just fun to say
let alone to eat!
cheese ~ shredded or hot queso
and the music
such HAPPY music
it’s hard not to dance!
no matter WHAT your age!
such adorable little ladies
all over this country of ours
from the south to the north . . . east to west . . .
cinco de mayo
there are parades
like this one in the upper west side of new york!
all because back on
MAY 5th 1862
a small mexican army defeated
a MUCH LARGER intruding french army
at the famous bloody battle of puebla.
they were grossly outnumbered but they fought valiantly.
and theirs was the victory.
great valor and bravery on that field that day.
the odds were stacked against them higher than a kite.
but they won!
and ever since . . . that simple victory has been celebrated.
i like to think it is a symbol to them of the spirit they must
often find in the trials they face even here in the 21st century.
CINCO de MAYO!
only now it’s little known probably by the masses of us
who are simply caught up in its beauty and colorful splendor.
sights smells sounds
the delicious food
the icy cold slushy margaritas!
dancing and maharachi bands
all this truly celebrated
by a people who have known extreme hardship and hard labor for
most of their lives.
their history fraught with take overs and fighting.
it’s the spirit of the people that always catches in my throat.
that dignity and love of life.
the ability to make music and smile and keep family together.
the ability to live a good life with very little.
i celebrate with the people of cinco de mayo!
and i hope you will too!
even if it’s just at home.
here’s to a wonderful day old bean!!!
GET YOUR CINCO ON !!!
at least eat some re fried beans!!!
or maybe drag your belly in some cool green grass!
til soon old bean.