$2.06 is the cost of a household bottle of the all-purpose cleaner, Fabuloso. In all its glorious purple, plastic, cheap bottle, I smell so much more. One of the strangest things to me in Mexico was that shop owners and home owners would clean the sidewalks outside of their spaces. I’m not talking about the occasional sweeping of leaves. I talking every morning, people would pour a mixture of water and Fabuloso on their entire sidewalk and scrub every square inch until each dirt particle was washed away.
I was immediately intrigued by this. The pride these people have in their property, their belongings, and their homes was incredible. So much so that they actually spent time cleaning sidewalks and streets until they were immaculate. We were invited into one home for dinner and only were able to see into a handful of other homes, but one thing was always true: the Mexican way is very clean and tidy. From the outside, homes and businesses appeared worn down and patched together. But take a look inside, and I would rather eat off of the floors of these places instead of my kitchen table! (Don’t judge me. Or my momma’s kitchen table!)
To me, this is a mere tiny representation of a larger scale of Mexican culture as a whole. The sense of family pride, having less, and doing more has never felt more alive. I’m thankful we were allowed a glimpse into this life. I’m also thankful that forever ingrained in my mind is the sweet, sweet smell of this silly multi-purpose cleaner. How fabulous(o)!
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