Five In The Bed
As I launch 'Five In The Bed', I am celebrating. It's been ten years to the day since I first stepped into San Miguel de Allende. A small and oh-so beautiful town in the central Mexican highlands. Those who have visited, know exactly why I am still here. I met my handsome, talented and patient husband here. It's been the only home my deliciously mischievous children have known. And I, myself, have grown and matured here, basking in the sunshine. I give a thousand thanks for these past ten years.
To this point, my time in Mexico has been spilt evenly between living as a couple in love and living as a loving mother. However, life before children now feels like a hazy memory. The immense and intense personalities of our babies have conquered our own. I am at ease with this. For one more week, I am the mother of three children under the age of five. They demand all of me, I offer all of me. This is temporary. So for now, I bask in the glory of mothering, still in the sunshine but oh-so very tired at the end of the day.
Mothering, parenting, is always a rocky and often unmapped territory. Most often the guide you take is your own history. However, when guiding a young family in a country where you yourself were not brought up, I have found that there is an added uncertainty when making choices in which direction to take. Am a reading the lay of the land well? When placing my ear to the ground, is my understanding of the language as I hope it would be? When I'm trying to find my way in the dark, am I likely to get scratched by a cactus? When exploring this new terrain together, I am finding myself to be so excited about the future. So filled with hope.
'Five In The Bed', I hope, will tell the tales of a British expat couple and their Mexican born children over the next ten years. Of the enchanting, and of the ordinary. Of our discoveries, and of our hiccups. Of our escapades as a family of five. We have great ambitions. I hope our presence brings you warmth and makes you chuckle.