Ok it’s time I tell a story about living here in Mexico.
There is something I miss now and then about the United States and that would be Peace and quiet! Yes peace and quiet.
Living in the United States I can’t recall having roosters wake me up in the last 69 years.
Here in Mexico in our little village it just isn’t the same. A few seasons ago my next door neighbor bought a rooster and it happened to be one without a sense of time of the day or night it was. The rooster would Cock-A-Dude-El-Do day and night as LOUD as loud can go. Starting at midnight and 3 in the morning 5 in the morning, 7 in the morning as he wanted to beat all the other roosters in the village to be the first to crow.
I went to my neighbor and asked if he would move the rooster somewhere and I would pay him, because I owned a hotel next door and my guests were getting a bit annoyed and he just looked at me and smiled. He couldn’t speak English and with the little Spanish I know it was a dead end talking to my neighbor.
At one point It started to get real crazy with the roosters never stopping. I went back over to the neighbors house and this time he was a little more understanding, as he nodded much more this time with a much bigger smile.
Well nothing changed and this went on for months and it got more irritating as the season went on. I had had it at one point and I decided to go over and up the amount of money I would pay or ask him if there was anything he wanted me to buy for him.
On my way over I stopped and told one of my guests what I was doing and she was smiling and I told her I was going to offer them $150.00 and she said make it $1500.00 and I will pay and maybe I can get some sleep. I told her if I was to offer $1500.00 for the rooster everyone in the village would buy one hoping their neighbor was getting annoyed.
Well I left for my vacation in August and September and to my surprise when we got home the rooster was gone. I thought about asking, but I left well enough alone.
Something I did notice was my neighbors across the street had bought a few more roosters while we were gone. I didn’t think much of it until the noise level had reached an all time high along with their dogs and chickens. They were now making noise 24 hours a day. Kind of like living in the middle of a Rooster zoo. Well I noticed many chickens running around and even started catching them in my courtyard. Before I could complain to the owners about the roosters I noticed that there were now about 15 to 20 birds.
Now it was time to go have a talk with my neighbors who I got along with very well.
I sat with the son and asked why they needed 18 roosters and he seemed to act like it was no big deal, but at the same time he was telling me about the roosters and he said that his daughter had a real hard time sleeping, because of them. Than he was telling me that his daughter was having a hard time in school, because of not being able to sleep. Then he said that his grandma who is about 90 likes to hear the roosters sing in the morning, so she keeps buying more.
SING? I didn’t know they were singing. I really never thought of it as singing. I just thought it was just a bunch of noise all night and day. Everyday I see the grandma out front of her house sweeping her leaves and listening to her roosters sing.
Well I am not someone to take away another persons joy, so I am just going to let it go and know that I am a very lucky to be a visitor in another country.
Oh Oh Mexico.
What can I say except…….Cock a doodle do!