Part of our extended familia lives right up the street at the corner, and the youngest member of the family is Anotnio, all of 5 years of age. I usually greet Antonio in the mornings as he is rushing out the door to attend kindergarten. He is a beautifully polite and sensitive child. His parents Ana Maria y Luis are very proud of their youngest. The entire family is a shining example of how a caring, functional familia can live happily in Mexico.
So when I was told that Antonio was to perform in his school Pastorela, I immediately jumped at the chance to attend. I had been to a few Xmas plays and pageants in my day, but was looking forward to seeing a Mexican version...the Pastorela.
In Mexico Pastorelas are plays that evolved to recreate the biblical passage where the shepherds follow the Star of Bethlehem to find the Christ Child. In order to reach the birth place of the Redeemer, they have to experience a series of changes in fortune and confront the Devil, who will do everything possible to prevent them from completing their mission. It is at that moment that the Archangel Michael intervenes to defend the shepherds on their journey.
Waiting To Perform
In The Wings
Tio Jim, Antonio y Tia Mary Kay
La Familia, (left to right) Luis, Antonio, sister Miriam, Ana Maria y sister Lili
Ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille
His work done, fotos taken, Antonio is ready to go home....all in a day's work for a little boy.