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Monday, June 19, 2017

Fathers' Day

In Mexico, Mothers' Day is always celebrated on May 10th.  However, Fathers' Day is the third Sunday of June, just as it is in the United States.

When I showed Alejandro the "Club América" soccer shirt I bought at Woolworths last week, he said that he should buy one as a Fathers' Day present, since "América" is his dad's favorite team.  So on Saturday we headed to Woolworths, and Alejandro picked out a shirt for his father.

On Sunday afternoon we were all invited to a family gathering at Alejandro's aunt's home.  First, he and I stopped at a bakery shop and bought a "pan de elote" to take to the party.  "Pan de elote" would translate as "corn bread", but this is nothing like the corn bread that we know in the United States.  It is much moister, and I think that cheese is mixed into the batter.

After that we went to his parents' house, and we helped his mom prepare "alitas en adobo" to take to the get-together.  "Alitas" are chicken wings, and "adobo" is a kind of sauce.  However, it is not classified as a "salsa" because neither red nor green tomatoes are used in its preparation.  As I remember, the main ingredients are "guajillo" chile peppers, onion, garlic, and cinnamon.  Alejandro gave his father his gift, and he was very pleased with his soccer shirt.  In fact, he wore it to the party.

Around three o'clock we headed to his aunt's house.  It was a fairly long drive; she lives in the southern part of the city in a area called Culhuacan.  There was quite a crowd.  I have been to a couple of these family gatherings, and I am still learning the names of his aunt's children, their spouses, the grandchildren and even great grandchildren.  I have to admit that after a while my head starts to grow weary trying to follow all of the conversations in Spanish.  (But Alejandro admits that the same thing happens to him when he is in Ohio, and we are with a bunch of my friends.)

It was, however, a very nice time.  And his aunt made delicious "mole" from scratch! 

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