We are all in the fourth week of November and the weather north of the Mexican border is cold with rain and snow now.
Chasing retired people in their RV’s from Canada and the USA to the South to spend the days in the nice and warm weather of Mexico.
But this year they haven’t come in the numbers as was usual.
A favourite location for winterbird RV’ers is the dry riverbed of Los Frailes in Mexico.
For years and years approximately a hundred trailers and motorhomes would be spending the winter there.
But now only a handful have arrived.
The same for the only trailer park in La Paz.
“La Casa Blanca”.
Yesterday there were four motorhomes, two trailers and two tents.
While other years in November it could be hard to find a free space in the trailer park able to handle over a hundred RV’s.
Friend Esther who runs the B&B “The Blue Angel” in La Paz explained that she was having almost no guests.
And was hoping that the Xmas season would bring better times.
This is recession away from any illusion and showing its depths.
Affecting people in many ways.
But Bill was affected in a different way.
He is from Canada and a retired Yamaha mechanic.
Travelling with his American wife in a beautiful Class C Dodge motor home with a Mercedes diesel engine.
Almost immediately after the Fuso Szulc arrived at the trailer park “La Casa Blanca”, Bill approached for a chat.
And soon he was talking about what happened to him.
His wife had fallen and had cracked her skull.
She was now in coma in a hospital bed of the clinic on the other side of the road.
Bill was rather lost and pushed out of the long time usual patterns of his life.
Finding himself somewhere where he didn’t know how to manage life.
Fortunately his wife had a good health insurance.
And was going to be evacuated with a private jet to a hospital in the USA.
Leaving Bill in his motor home behind.
His reality of years is an illusion now.
A memory only.
So are the times when credit seemed limitless.
And travelling a permanent option when gas prices were still affordable.
When there was no fear for the future.
However, it must be realized that everything that happens in life, is for the good of us.
Bill, the Canadian Yamaha mechanic, could have a new and interesting time in his life without the permanent presence of his wife.
The recession hurts but also offers new opportunities for those who are able to see and embrace them.
One can say:
“I lost everything”.
Or one can say:
“I lost everything to be free and open now to receive new opportunities”.
No matter what, Bill’s life and ours continue.
Wives, husbands and the recession can be the end of the world.
But there is always a new world waiting.