Thinking about the Ancianos

I know it’s only mid-October, but some of my friends and I have begun to think about what to do this year for the old folks (ancianos) of Nextipac, Jalisco.  Nextipac (also spelled Nestipac) is one of the poorer areas of Jocotepec where I live.

Last year, for the first time, I joined with a very small group of gringos to come up with gifts for the old folks who live in Nextipac.  I’ve blogged about it before: and

Now that we are close to two months from Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about these folks again.  Emails have been flying from my friend Phyllis Rauch (, who started this event, about what we need this year.  And it looks like it’s gonna be a banner year for old folks!

Last Christmas, we had 92 ancianos signed up to receive gifts and this year Phyllis is hinting at 100 or more.  I think that normally in gringo enclaves raising the money and/or collecting the presents for 100 folks isn’t that big a deal.  But out here in Joco, we don’t have that many resident gringos.  That’s okay.  We just work a little harder, get the community involved, and reach out to our friends who live in other pueblos.

In fact, when I sent out a request for gifts and/or money to my good friends in my morning games group (mission statement: we like games), I got an overwhelming response!  We have about 16 members these days and more than half responded that they would love to be involved.  How great is that?

I’m hoping that we are gonna get a turnout like the one we had last year:

and that we are going to have a nice package of warm things for everyone like we did last year:

And here are some of the faces from last year’s posada.

But, barb, you say, you’re getting up there in years yourself and you don’t have much money either.  And, yes, friends, you would be correct.  But compared to lots of these folks, I am wealthy, and a whole different generation in terms of age.

And if you don’t think that I see me in these people, then you would be wrong.  I mean, honestly, those of you who know me, can’t you just see me looking like this woman on the left in the future….except, of course, without the dress!

Unless you live around Lake Chapala, I am not going to ask for contributions to this posada.    But if you DO live around here, can you think of a nicer place to contribute your time and/or money?


About Barbara

in april of 2008, i moved from the united states to mexico. during my working days, i held lots and lots of jobs....almost all chosen because they were fun or interesting instead of how much they paid. when i started thinking about retirement (in my 40s), i realized that i would never be able to retire to a country where english was the native language. and although i had traveled to every state in the US -- and lived in lots of them -- i had never been outside the country with the exception of canada and mexico. and since you now know that i could never afford to retire in canada (even to the french-speaking area), mexico won by default.
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5 Responses to Thinking about the Ancianos

  1. Randy Sandberg says:

    Very nice Barbara. I am also in Mexico now–Colima. Joco is a place that has always interested me. I wish I had a way to communicate with you to get some info.

  2. What a beautiful idea! Helping & respecting the elderly is the right thing to do! Bless you and all your friends!

    • Barbara says:

      you should see the stuff that my friends brought over today!!! just amazing! way nicer clothing than i own. fortunately for the old folks, it’s all to small for me to fit into.

      • Kate says:

        Barbara – I hope this reaches you – I would like to contribute some lap quilts for your old folks project. My name is Kate and you can reach me at 376-765-6928.

  3. Barbara says:

    Kate, I will give you a call tomorrow (Friday, 23 November). Lap quilts would be great!!!

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