Today marked a reunion of sorts. It was Carla's first visit since her return from the United States and a repeat hip surgery and Sheila's first visit since her repeated surgery. So the three of us travelled together and met at our familiar spots in Ajijic and then Chapala. Carla made Texas style chili, which was laden with green and red peppers, corn, onions and a generous shaking of chili powder; as opposed to Mexican style chili con carne, which is beefsteak cooked in a chile ancho sauce or adobo. Topped off with sour cream and cheddar cheese, the ladies were excited to try something new...something Tex-Mex.
Soon Esme brought the two new dolls she had completed. One is the Frida doll and the other is a fabulous mermaid doll.
We had been seated for less than five minutes when a heavily medicated stranger approached the table. Deborah walked up to our table and asked if we would buy her a coffee. We had already received our coffee waters or milks, however, we bought her the coffee because we could see that she was in need of an element of comfort and in this moment, for her, it was coffee. She was incoherent so it was immediately obvious that she was heavily sedated with medication. She spoke amazingly good English, however was heavily accented and told a tragic story of how she was born in Mexico and lived in the US for more than half her life. At some point in her life she had to retur1000511 FRIDAn to Mexico, which is where the undiagnosed schizophrenia took its toll on her life. She did not disclose to us why she was at the Women's prison in Guadalajara, however, we later found out it was a serious offense connected to her undiagnosed mental condition? She is one of many of the women who we now have become acquainted with during our visits to the prison.
Carla, Sheila, and I, left Deborah, and the ladies at the Feminil Reclusorio at Puente Grande with two newly freed dolls, Frida Kahlo and her new bff, the mermaid. I know these two will sell quickly because of their unique beauty.
My name is Rebecca Roth. I am an author, poet, artist, and most importantly a doll maker/designer. I live and work in the central highlands of Mexico.