Girls: They’re the Same Everywhere

by Judy King 9. June 2010 21:38

Scenes like the two photos that follow this paragraph are part of the reason I always carry my camera with me.

I caught these three little girls walking home from school. Evidently as they reached the plaza the story they were sharing became so tantalizing that they couldn't walk and talk. They stopped, the better to gather all the gripping details and I smiled to myself as I watched them, and their body language.

Here’s a bit of after-school drama in the plaza. Check out the position of the middle child’s feet!

All of us who were once little girls, or who have known or even raised little girls know the script of this conversation without ever hearing a word. I can tell by the way the girl on the right is gesturing with her right hand how tall he is, and by the way the center girl drags her toe on the plaza’s tiles before she entwines her ankles and how the taller girl on the left leans in to whisper a secret in the middle girl's ear that this is a story of great drama, importance and that it's all about him.

I take great pleasure in knowing that some things really don't ever change—especially not little girls and their conversations.

I hope these photos strike the same chord in you as they did in me and bring you a few moments of smiling memories of enticing conversations after school, too many years ago.

Judy King is publisher of Mexico Insights—Living at Lake Chapala, a monthly online magazine for people interested in Mexico's Lake Chapala region, in the state of Jalisco.

Judy, a 19-year resident of Ajijic on Lake Chapala's north shore, conducts weekly newcomer's seminars and shares her expertise about Mexico in her ezine at, and in the "Mexico Lindo" column of the Lake Chapala Review.

Judy also is a speaker for local organizations and visiting tour groups about the Lakeside area about Mexican customs and holidays.

About Judy King

Judy King

Hi There — Welcome to my little corner of the world. I'm Judy King and I live in the centuries-old village of Ajijic on the north shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico's largest natural lake.

I've lived here full time since 1990, and... [ more ]

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