He’s not heavy, he’s my Buddha

The house is almost done. Casa Nana’s floors, windows, doors, finishings, and now the garage door, are all in. There are some odds and ends that will linger, and yes, we still have to furnish it, but basically, I now have a house in Mérida. “My house in Mérida.” I love that phrase. Let me say it again. “My house in Mérida.” Oh, sorry Paul … “Our house in Mérida.” Yeah, that sounds good, too.”

We’re starting to bring down our stuff! First on the list, the Buddha statue that Paul acquired a few years ago. Both our parents (and probably the workers) would probably prefer a Jesus ornament, but we’re kind of connecting to the Buddha right now. So while Jesus is in our hearts, Buddha was in our carry-on luggage. We could have shipped him down, but Paul felt better carrying him to my our house. Our Buddha got his own suitcase, which fits him snugly. There were no issues with TSA or customs.

I know they sell Buddhas in Mérida, but it has to be this one to come with us. Months ago, we traced the outline of his base onto a piece of paper to make a template for the builder. The builder then installed a precisely proportioned podium for our little friend at the end of our concrete pond. Not “concrete pond” in the Beverly Hillbillies sense, but rather, an actual pond made of concrete, one that will look much better with shrubbery, lily pads and fishies.

From the main house, the pond will be concealed with foliage, so you will “encounter” the pond and its graven image as you walk toward the casita. Serenity will quickly follow. That’s the plan, anyway. Guests will be knocked to the ground with all the high-impact zen going on. Like that line from “Seinfeld”: “Serenity now!”

Brought in from the garden and cleaned, Buddha waits patiently in our living room for his big trip.

Brought in from the garden and cleaned, Buddha waits patiently in our living room for his big trip.

A carry-on suitcase fits him perfectly. He's packed and ready for Mérida.

Packed and ready to go.

We drag Buddha in his little house down to the architect's office.

We drag Buddha in his little house down Calle 62 to the architect’s office.

Finally, the big reveal. Buddha survived the trip.

Finally, the big reveal. Buddha survived the trip.

Now, Buddha waits patiently again, with cushion and fabric samples. It won't be long now, Buddha!

Now, Buddha waits patiently again, with cushion and fabric samples. It won’t be long now, Buddha!

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Comments

  1. So when’s the coming out party? And what do you plan to do when all your friends start begging you to never move away? Every time I merely fantasize about moving to Mexico, I’m faced with a chorus of wailing and tooth-gnashing. And I haven’t gotten any farther than merely LOOKING at real estate. You two are practically landed gentry now.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we think your Buddha will be much more comfortable in Mérida than in CT.

    • Hey, watch it, bud. We’re landed gentry now! You just wouldn’t know it to look at us because now we can’t afford clothes.

  2. Now that you are THERE and armed with a camera –fotos por favor de Casa Nana. ¿Una foto?

    And yes, that was a very nice looking Buddha!

    • D’oh! I’m already flying back and I totally forgot to take photos. ;)

      Actually, we’re supposed to be done in two weeks. It wont’ be furnished, but the construction will be done. I told the architect about the blog and let them know I’ll be announcing the project and their name at that time.

      But for now, I don’t have any finished photos to show you.

      • Ookay, I won’t pout… :(

        I hope you are wearing your second pair of socks. You will be wishing for 66 degrees when you land.

  3. Oh, how this post made me smile! Seeing Casa Nana come to life is wonderful.

    Over Thanksgiving I packed my mother’s two birdbaths and accompanying statues and gave one to a cousin and one to a friend. Both have beautiful gardens and fond memories of Claire so it was easy to part with them.

    That the Buddha made it into the overhead is quite a feat!