I was rushing around this morning because I woke up slightly late and had to get ready for a contractor who was due to arrive at 8.
Paul thought it was kind of adorable that I assumed the contractor would show up at 8 for an 8 o’clock appointment. I almost forgot the adage that has been floating around the Mérida blogosphere: TIM. This Is Mexico. It’s what we remind ourselves when things don’t go as planned.
But come to think of it, we’ve been kind of spoiled. Most of the time, people are showing up on time! It’s us who have been constantly late as we adjust to living in Mérida in a new house.
Yesterday, we were invited to a neighbor’s home for lunch. At the appointed hour, we could barely get our butts off our sofa. We started that Sunday morning with a cochinita sandwich at our local market, the one in Santa Ana. (If there’s any question that our block is technically Santa Ana, the clear peal of the church bell heard in our courtyard will settle the matter.) We then wandered down Calle 60, which was closed for bicyclists and pedestrians, and we ambled around the main square, then popping in to Las Monjas church, which was having mass. We headed back home, searching for a place for a coffee break. Manjar Blanco on Calle 47 hit the spot. We usually stop there for a full breakfast or lunch each trip, but this time we were saving room for lunch with friends.
So it was just coffee for us, but then a basket of sweet breads arrived, gratis. We felt a little sheepish about digging in, even telling the waitress to take it back. But she insisted, and are we glad she did. The loaf was so light, and just faintly sweet, with a delicate crumbcake like crust.
We thought that would give us energy until lunch, but then we plopped on the couch and were strangely frozen in place.
We were a half hour late for lunch, but all was forgiven quickly.
As for my 8 a.m. appointment… he didn’t show up, but he emailed us in time to tell us a part hadn’t arrived, and promised to be here tomorrow. That’s certainly more consideration than many other people have received, where “Mexican Time” perhaps isn’t as pokey as it used to be.