THIS MORNING, 16 years ago, September 10, 2000, I awoke in my two-story rental downtown in the state capital. I had lived there alone more than three months.
The house was virtually unfurnished. There was a king bed with a side table in the master bedroom. A second bedroom upstairs had a double and side table.
There was a rocking chair in the living room, nothing more. A large table with chairs in the kitchen-dining room, a propane stove-top, no oven whatsoever, and a refrigerator.
That was it on the furniture front.
It was moving day! My second in eight months.
Before moving to that home, I had lived in a room above a garage, just a few blocks away, for four months. So this virtually vacant home was a step up in comfort and grace.
No matter. I was moving again.
But first I had to rent a car to tote the accumulations of the previous eight months. It would be the first time I would drive on the loco streets of Mexico. I was nervous.
Later that day, car lightly loaded, I headed up the mountainside where I had rented a two-story house that was poorly maintained and pathetically furnished.
The first necessity was a new mattress. The house had one, but it wasn’t anything you’d want to lie down on.
I also ordered a dark green love seat and matching chair that would be shipped from Guadalajara. That arrived four long months later. Mexican express.
That sofa and chair now live in the Hacienda’s bedroom.
I lived in that rental for two and a half years, the last year of which I enjoyed the company of my child bride while we constructed the Hacienda a couple of miles away.
We moved into the Hacienda 14 years back next May. It’s quite a step up from the room over the garage where I slept on a sagging twin bed that was fond of tossing its slats, leaving me sprawled rudely on the floor. Ker-splat!
It’s been quite an adventure, the best of my life. The mountaintop has been good to me, 16 years today.
In many ways, it all seems like yesterday. But gazing ahead, 16 more years looks like another life.
It likely will be. Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
In summertime I often pause before sunrise at the small, eye-level (for me) window in the bathroom and smell the golden datura just inches away. A good way to start the day.
At times in summer it’s raining gently.
My next move will be into an ash urn. And I won’t need to pack a suitcase for the journey.