My feelings about Mexicans
These past few weeks our country has been embroiled in court battles about immigration. Our current president wants to build a wall between us and Mexico. I don’t know what experiences he has had with Mexicans, but the ones I met during my month-long stay in Rosarito, Mexico would be an asset to our country if they wanted to live here. I am not condoning illegal entry to our country, but many of them who are here have the qualities that are valued in a nation.
My younger brother wanted us all to spend the holiday in Rosarito. Since I had lived in San Diego, this was a community which I had visited many times for it was known for their lobster. When I lived in California, we would go down for lobster from the fisherman who had just caught them. They were not Maine lobster, but they were quite tasty and they were grilled. It was also at the right price when you are a college student. So this past December several of my siblings went down with our families and spent a great deal of time there.
The people we met
We met several of the security guards who patrolled the resort on bicycles. They greeted us each time they saw us and would spend a few minutes talking with us. The young waiter at the restaurant also became a good friend and had the chef prepare some of the dishes to our taste. In our travels in the area, we ate at Calafia where our waiter did an incredible thing. After our lunch, he opened the museum section of the restaurant and gave us a tour of it. This readiness to accommodate is something that I had not experienced anywhere in the United States.
My sister enjoys having wine with her meals and wanted to do a wine tasting in Ensenada which was about 2 hours from Rosarito. I decided to join her, even though I’m not a wine connoisseur or even a lover of wine. Our driver was a gentleman who also went out of his way to make this a memorable trip. The tour consisted of 3 wineries and they had been pre-selected. My sister had a San Diego magazine which discussed some of the wineries in Guadalupe Valley and there was one that she wanted to check out. It was Descanto. Our driver went out of his way in taking us to this isolated winery. It was beautiful and I’ll tell you about it on the next blog. Again, this young man who had lived in the US and decided to return to Rosarito about ten years ago was a joy for us. The people who we met at the wineries were especially helpful, knowledgeable and helped us make wise decisions in our wine selection.
The Mexican character
We were fortunate in meeting some of the nicest people in Mexico. Many of them spoke English, even though we speak Spanish and could have communicated with them in either language.
Throughout my life I have met many Mexicans, both legal and illegal ones. Not a single one of them has ever done anything that I would consider harmful to me, my family, our country. They are hard working, industrious and gentle, who will help you if they can. These are not the kind of people we need to keep out of our country. We should encourage them by increasing the number of entry quotas for the Mexicans. If this is done, perhaps we would not have illegal problems. So instead of a wall, how about changing some of the immigration laws and increasing the number of people who can enter the country.
Rosarito has a great asset in its people. Their sense of pride in their work, self, country and their conduct with my family was amazing. They generously provide tourists with many services, and to interact with them enhances your visit to a wonderful part of Mexico.