Strange Day

Today’s strange not only because it would have been my father’s 83th birthday and how I learned a year ago that September 16 is also Mexican Independence Day. It’s strange because…

— Imagine the pit in my stomach I felt when I read the headline, “7 dead in Mexican Independence Day blasts” on the CBC News website, knowing that Esposo was out and about last night. Turns out this incident happened in Morelia, but considering the recent widely reported criminal activity throughout Mexico, I can’t help wondering who would think of contacting me if something happened to him. And of course, by now I have contacts in Mexico that I could rely on. But I know that, in reverse, a few people here would know how to contact him.

— My brother is in town from Moncton but I haven’t heard from him yet. I expect he might just show up for supper, per our last stated plans. Still, it’s odd that he hasn’t contacted me.

— I noticed my mom was on the computer and showing as available in Skype quite late last night, so I messaged her. She didn’t respond, but that didn’t surprise me because I don’t think she’s terribly comfortable with messaging through Skype. However, this morning she sent us all (i.e., “the kids”) an e-mail announcing that one of our uncles (one of her brothers) passed away yesterday after a fairly lengthy illness. Plus, yesterday, a close friend of the family also fell ill suddenly. So, regardless of if my brother shows up tonight, a call home is in order.

Meanwhile, the economy is tanking, the current federal election has me worried that Canadians might be so foolish as to give Harper’s Conservatives the majority in Parliament they so desperately want, clients at work are asking the oddest questions, and despite being asked not to, I’m losing a bit of sleep these days trying to help Cleopatrick out of a bad situation. Plus, the passing of Hiker’s mother last week has come to my mind frequently even though I only met the woman once. I think that Esposo and the charge I’m getting from my Spanish classes are the few things that sustain me through all the negativity and sadness these days.