It’s hot and has been for the last month with higher than normal temperatures for this time of year……………………… What do the Mexicans do……………. Head for the nearest beach , pool or water hole to cool off.
For the two years I let the locals come and dip in my pool but this year I’m afraid it won’t happen. Why? I got tired of explaining why its not possible to enter my pool with all their clothes on and that they can only enter with a proper bathing suit. The locals and lots of Mexicans are used to going to local pools that fill up with water (a nora) for two or three days then emptied again when its dirty ready for the next fill up. They jump in with as I said before everyday clothes, jeans, t shirts the women with shorts ,tank tops , bras and who knows even their underwear. The girls are very shy and wouldn’t enter the pool if there were too many boys . This does seem weird as when they are dressed up for a party or function the skimpier the outfit the better… so I ask myself why are they shy to wear a bathing suit… just cultural differences.
To us northerners this may seem a strange dress code for a swimming pool.
I got tired of explaining about the filtered pool and the effect that everyday clothing has on the clogging of the pump system, why there is chlorine in the water why they cant jump from the hammock into the pool why they should shower before entering and why they should shower after swimming. Some of them would come with the muddiest feet you have ever seen and if I wasn’t watching carefully would enter the pool without washing. They would leave their chicle on the floor, tramp it in and I would sometimes find it in the pool Arrghhh! Not to mention the garbage that they would leave lying around right where there was a garbage can!
I feel bad that I have decided not to let the locals use it anymore it just became too frustrating for me to handle. One needs less stress in this life I said to myself one day, so why are you putting yourself through this . The one great excuse I have is that things have changed and now it is only for the hotel people that stay a night or two. This seems to have worked and they don’t seem to be insulted at all by this, thank goodness.
As for the mangoes a nice fresh juice of mango goes well by the pool.My tree had born its first fruits this year so off to enjoy the delicious taste of fresh mango…………. also great with chile and salt the Mexican way to eat fruit MMmmmm!