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the occupation of Ashley and Levon

(by Levon who is listening to Cruz Contreras and the Black Lillies)

We finally got our trip to the zoo.  We chaperoned a school field trip with Katie and the American School, and were each responsible for 10 fifth graders.  As our kids were running and screaming in Spanish, we learned a lot of new words.  This is called immersion, and it was well, like a zoo.  I just did the best I could and kept anybody that looked 10 years old close to me.  Parents of children not with the school corrected me, but I didn’t gain or lose anybody in the end.  They sang a funny song on the bus that is roughly translated to this:

“Bus driver, bus driver take us where we want.  If we don’t go where we want, your mother is your woman!”  Kids.

As I write, Ashley is finishing the last of 10 10″ paintings in her newest series.  Her piece for Jessica is finished and she has a couple more to go for teachers we have met here in Tuxtla.  Don Pepe was kind enough to give me a room of their house as a studio and I’ve recorded some takes of 4 new songs.  In the background are parrots, whistles, and people driving through the neighborhood broadcasting advertisements.  It feels very Mexico.

In Chiapas, acrylic on canvas Ashley Addair


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