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It’s the most-photographed building in San Miguel, such a cliché that it’s a little embarrassing to point one’s camera at it, but it’s the truth:  I love the Parróquia, San Miguel’s parish church, and I’m going to miss it.

Despite the architecture, it is only about 150 years old.  The architect, who was an amateur, loved the Gothic cathedrals of Europe and combined all his favorite features into a big pink Gothic wannabe.  Eh, authentic, schmauthentic.  I grew up wandering the Yale University campus, so I’m used to fake Gothic, and I like it.

When Munchkin first saw it, she called it “the pink castle.”  I like the way you’ll be walking in another part of town and turn a corner and there it’ll be.

(#8 of 20 things I’ll miss about San Miguel)


Lots of tiles here, including those covering the downstairs of our house, are made of a kind of terracotta and, when they are made, are left to dry out in the sun, where animals can step on them.

The sharp-eyed munchkin found this one under our table:

And the other day, when we were in the living room (which we seldom use), she came over to me and said, “Mama, close your eyes.”  I did.  “Come here.”  I took her hand and followed her to the corner.  “Look!”  And this is what I saw:

And then I looked at her.  I took photos of the tiles (we’re going to see if we can identify them using our book on tracking), but I couldn’t capture in a photograph her face in that moment, lit from within at the delight of being able to share delight.  Fortunately, that’s something I’ll always have with me.

The attentive find that the universe has scattered gifts for them everywhere, and that’s something I hope she’ll always have.

(#7 of 20 things I’ll miss about San Miguel)

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