Tuesday in what is called la madruga, or god-awfully early in the morning, we came back on from a short and wonderful four days in California surprisingly well-adjusted to west coast time. So when someone started banging on our gate here at 7:00 am yesterday,
it felt like dawn. First we were groggy, then worried. Jim jumped out of bed, pulled on his pants and took off to see what was going on. I in my cowardly, lazy way, pulled the blankets over my head.
He came running back. "You've got to come! You've got to come!" And then realizing he might sound alarmed, he said, "You'll like it!"
Peering out of the gate I realized I was looking at an alfombra, a beautiful one stretching up one street and down the other as far as I could see. In fact it encircled much of the colonia.
It was Claudia who woke us up. She knew we'd want to see it. I threw a long sweater over my nightgown and rushed out.
People, mostly kids in the Colonia, had worked through the night to create it and were still adding finishing touches.
People made the alfombras from sawdust collected from local woodshops. I still am not sure how they color the sawdust. The stencils came from Xico. I also want to find out if they were made specially for our colonia because I don't remember seeing the images in Xico's alfombra.
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Last night there was a procession with the Virgen de Guadalupe. Tonight, the torch, lit from a torch in her shrine in Mexico City, will run along the path of the alfombra to her capilla which overlooks our colonia. .