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Do you ever feel like you are in a Monty Phython skit?

Have you ever seen the Monty Python skit about the argument booth? Sometimes Mexico feels like a Monty Python skit.
This morning I answered the door to two brightly scrubbed young men. I was wearing my Mexican housewife uniform, an embroidered bata (housecoat) since today is laundry day. I looked the boys over and decided that they were probably Jevovah’s Witnesses, since their short sleeve dress shirts were blue instead of white and they didn’t have name tags.I always listen politely to what they have to say, I could be wrong and they might be insurance salesmen, afterall.
We had the following conversation in Spanish:
“Good morning, we understand that there are English speakers living here”.
“Yes, that is correct”.
“We would like to speak English”.
“Okay.”
At this point we looked at each other, and I wait for them to start speaking English.
“Are the English speakers home?”
At this point I realize that they don’t think that I speak English, so I tell them in English “We all speak English here.” This confuses them, they look at each other and launch into a halting English and offer me a flyer. I glance at it, and decline. They revert to Spanish “So you have your own religion already?” .
“Yes, we do, good bye”.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!

13 comments

  1. Strawbewrry PJs,Pastafarians belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Look it up, it’s a real religion. Or maybe it’s not, depends upon who you ask.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment,
    Theresa

  2. pastafarians? I’ve GOT to use that.

    – Stawberry PJs

  3. Hi gabachayucateca! thanks for stopping by, I usually tell people that I was raised Catholic, it’s the truth, but don’t go into my current religious beliefs. Maybe I should get a sticker that says we are pastafarians? Probably no one would get it and I can’t imagine trying to explain his noodly appendage in Spanish, actually I can’t even explain or understand it in English.
    regards,
    Theresa

  4. What a great convo!

    Religion is one of the few things that makes me twitchy, especially when people try to engage me in conversation about it.

    I grew up in a Congregational church and had one heck of a time explaining what we believe while in my husband’s village. They’d often assume that I was a hermana because I wasn’t Catholic and no matter how hard I tried to explain the differences, people’s main question would always be “But you DO love the Baby Jesus, don’t you?”

    Even though I’m not religious, just for the sake of making people feel like I wasn’t an alien, I’d assure them that I did indeed love the baby Jesus.

  5. Hi Mdoneil, Husband suggested that we get one of those signs, but the Catholics are out now too. There is a campaign to win back the lapsed Catholics. Besides, I don’t really mind, everyone needs a hobby. Someday when I’m really bored I think I will invite them in and ask them uncomfortable questions.
    Howdy Babs, I thought San Miguel was a big town? Merida has about a million people.
    We leave our empty garafons where the water guys can see them through the gate (we don’t want the empties stolen) so they know how many we want. They come by Monday and Thursday in the morning and in the evening. Usually, if they know we need water they will knock on the gate.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    regards,
    Theresa

  6. Well, thank goodness San Miguel is too little for phone or door solicitation except for the man with the burros selling tierra (dirt), the boy selling flowers and the water man……..all of whom I welcome with a smile!

  7. I had a sign, Este hogar es
    Católico on the house when I was in Merida. So did my Jewish neighbor.

    It seemed to work, nobody stopped by, or I slept through it.

  8. I don’t mind the people selling religion it’s the ones offering credit cards who I am mean to. When I was NOB, I had a conversation with one,who I convinced that credit cards were a sin, because the Bible is against selling yourself into slavery, lucky for me, he didn’t ask me to quote him the passage.About half the phone calls we get here are someone or another offering me a bank card.
    regards,
    Theresa

  9. You’re a lot nicer than I am, I really dislike people selling religion.

    What I loved though was that they knew where there were English speakers living. It’s a big city and a small town all in one.

  10. rivergirl, that is a great response. I just let them give their spiel and then say no thanks. Today, was just weird.
    regards,
    Theresa

  11. lisa, thanks, but if you moved to Mexico, you too would be speaking Spanish. It just makes your life easier and keeps you from buying tomato sauce when you want tomato juice. They both come in one liter boxes, have photos of tomatoes and the word tomate on them. The main difference is one is pure (puree) and the other is juego (juice) and if you saw “pure de tomate” and didn’t speak Spanish you might think it meant pure tomato. A couple of those experiences and you are motivated to learn.
    regards,
    Theresa

  12. I will have to remember that response.

    I admire the fact you can talk in two languages. I wish I had a second language. If you don’t use it you lose it so to speak. I don’t know anyone that speaks another language except Gabriel, a birding friend that lives in Puerto Rico. He speaks enough English that we can communicate. If we were around each other more often I would try harder.

  13. LOL, that’s funny! That reminds me of when I used to live next to a Mormon family. When the Jehovah’s Witnesses would come by my Mormon neighbor would tell them “I got my religion already.” I always thought that was a great response.

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