Cinco-Cinquième of May

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

May 5 Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and numerous Cinco de Mayo festivals and celebrations are underway here in America.

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a day for celebration of the culture and heritage of Mexico, including its traditional foods and drinks, such as tacos and Tequila.

Do you know the broader history of Cinco de Mayo?

According to history.com, the fifth of May “commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).”

Yes, it seems that Napoleon III and the French aimed to take over the Mexican territory back in 1861 but were ultimately unsuccessful in reaching that goal.

What if the French had taken over Mexico?  Can you imagine what would have emerged from those two combined cultures?  Just think of the food choices, for example!

In the spirit of reconciliation and in celebration of both Mexican and French cultures, I’m sharing two, fun Mexican-French breakfast recipes:

Mexican French Toast* Rolls
Mexican French Toast*

The first recipe above contains one ingredient, Nutella, that is famously popular with kids and adults around the world, however, you can thank the Italians, not the Mexican or French, for that sweet component.

I’ll conclude today’s fifth of May post with these words:  Viva Mexico!  Vive la France!  And, viva Italy!

*Note:  According to Wikipedia, the recipe for “French Toast” has Latin and German origins.

Who’s Writing Your Worldview Glasses Prescription?

money.ca's image of rose-colored glasses

rose-colored glasses image as seen on money.ca Web site

I have been told before that I look at the world through rose-colored glasses.

What about you?  Have you paused lately to consider your particular view of the world?  If so, do you think that you’re seeing things clearly or clouded?

If the adage, “your perception is your reality,” is true, then shouldn’t we all take some time, from time to time, to consider the things that inform our individual perceptions, perspectives and, thus, our realities?

Music has often helped to inform my worldview over the years.  For example, every time I hear Édith Piaf ‘s version of the French tune, “La Vie En Rose,” played, the song seems to reinforce a certain romantic view that I hold related to the city of Paris and the country of France.

Where did that romantic view of France originate?

Apart from any news stories that I may have heard about France on television or radio during the 70s or 80s, my perspective on France really began while taking French language courses in high school and college.  During class, we not only studied the language, but we also studied the history of France and its people.  And, during class, everything I heard and learned about France seemed exotic and romantic.

Looking back, since two of my French teachers were American and the other was from Belgium, I now realize that my perception of France was formed in the majority through “hearsay” and the statements of others who were not natives of France.  Yes, until I actually visited France and gathered firsthand experience that further informed my perspective about the French and their country, I was relying on others to inform my views.

So, people, like music, have the ability to inform our perspectives.  And, the true reality is this:  we’re only given a finite amount of time to have firsthand life experience, so we ultimately must rely on secondhand knowledge, the words that others speak or write or sing, if we want to stretch our experience of the world while we’re here to the maximum degree.

Again, what about you and your view of the world?  How much of your outlook has been formulated by first or secondhand experience?

Which color are your worldview glasses?

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