In the early 1970’s I had the excellent experience of living and growing up for a couple of years in Mexico. When we moved there, I hit the North American trifecta — as I was born in Canada and had been living in the United States.
Being exposed to a very different culture at an early age (I was eleven when we moved) had a huge impact on my life. It certainly helped shape my current world view — which became far more than the classic New Yorker’s view of the world.
Living in Mexico was fascinating — with its different language, its Aztec past, the great disparity of wealth among the classes, and earthquakes… among other things. While each of those made a big impression on me, there were also the smaller aspects of every day life that have stuck with me — like learning to eat a cuisine that remains one of my favorites.
One of my favorite memories was going to get ice cream. There was a store called “Danesa” which was right next to a bowling alley we would sometimes get to use. It was always a treat to have ice cream from there, and we would bring home hand-packed plastic containers of our favorite flavor.
When I was at my sister’s house for this past Thanksgiving, I discovered this in one of her cabinets:
The container had been packed by the movers when we returned to the US and it been in use for all this time! Wow. I was thrilled to see it and immediately confiscated it and brought it back with me to South Carolina. It now has a place of honor in my office.
While all this has nothing directly to do with Folbot, it does help explain why I enjoy working here so much — I get to interact with incredible people all over the world on an almost daily basis. It is an appreciation molded by those early years.
And I still love ice cream.