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Death and Children

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The phrase is, Death and Taxes, and applies to San Miguel cemeteries and how taxes continue on after death.  However, yesterday it was, for me, death and children that bring folks across the world together.

I had a Norwegian woman want to “friend” me on FaceBook.  Thinking it was odd I declined as why would Oslo Sally care what happened in San Miguel?  Then, my curiosity peaked, I researched her a bit to learn she’d been stalking me (as in following on-line, not in a bad way or in person) for days so I did friend her thinking she has a deep interest in San Miguel.

Immediately I got a message from her for a local real estate referral saying she had recently inherited a house in Cieneguita, just outside of town.


Congratulating her on owning another home (I assumed she received upon the death of her parents) we start chatting more.  I learned she inherited her son’s home here when he died in a fire at 38 last year.  He performed in the Circus Solei type troop here in town that does the routines with fabric.  My daughter adored being part of that group while in high school and I’m waiting to hear if she remembers him.  Oslo Sally and I had lovely conversations on children, death and such.

The next day I went to the cemetery and placed flowers at her son’s grave from her and photographed for her how two other flowering plants were already there so he must be greatly missed.   She was very pleased to see that often feeling at a loss being so far away from the city her son adored living in for six years.

Yes, there are some internet oddballs but most of the time social media has been really lovely for me, even in death.



Joseph Toone is the Historical Society’s short-story award winning author of the SMA Secrets book series.  All books in the series are Amazon bestsellers in Mexican Travel and Holidays.  Toone is SMA’s expert and TripAdvisor’s top ranked historical tour guide telling the stories behind what we do in today’s SMA.  Visit HistoryAndCultureWalkingTours.com, and JosephTooneTours.com.

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