Love & Friendship

Here I am with two of my Valentines… Jorge and Buddy

Today is February 14th. In most parts of the world, romantic love takes center stage on this day we call, Valentines Day. But in Mexico, all love is celebrated.

This year, the day of love and friendship has special significance to me because in a week’s time I am having surgery. My knees are both shot, but the left is the worst. In fact I can no longer walk without major pain. And as I can’t accept the idea of settling permanently into a rocking chair, a knee replacement is my only viable option. Nonetheless I feel very sorry to be saying goodbye to my 70 year old left knee. We have had lots of good times…

It’s odd, but when I was a young woman, I remember getting health advice concerning my heart. I was urged to eat veggies, foods with lots of fibre and steer away from the carbs and saturated fats. I was also warned to watch out for my lungs. Like many people my age, I smoked and by my late 20s, every time I lit up, I was told I should quit. Keeping away from too much alcohol would keep my liver in good shape and plenty of water every day would ensure a healthy circulatory system. I followed the advice for the most part and don’t have many worries about my organs. But my joints are another matter.

I spent so much time outdoors and I walked miles every day. Not for a minute did I think my knees would give out on me. All the sun that I soaked in also took its toll … on my skin. It has not been so very long since effective sun blocks came on the market, so sun damage is my other ravage of time.

The upcoming knee operation has also set my mind romping along Memory Lane. Almost every waking moment, when I am not consciously thinking of something in the here and now, I am remembering friends and aquaintances that I’ve made over the years, I’m recalling the special places I have visited, and my students who taught me so much. The bulk of my interactions have been intercultural. Not always easy but always interesting.

So today, although my husband, Jorge is my special Valentine… I send out big kisses to my children, my granddaughter, my brothers and sisters and all my cousins. I hope everyone I call my friend feels included in the giant group hug that my heart is feeling right now.

And I have to say this too… Happy Valentines Day to my knees! I thank Old Leftie for all the pivoting, jumping, springing and all-round support given over the years. I doubt that my new ceramic, made-in-Germany knee will take all the guff I gave the original, but I am grateful for the modern medical procedures that will (hopefully) allow me to dance and dream my way towards many more Valentine’s Days.


Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include reading, painting, cooking and travel.

4 thoughts on “Love & Friendship

  1. Thank you for all the love extended to all of us.
    I had to smile at your good byes to your old left knee. It and its partner have done you well. The new ones will be very serviceable. Just remember that Uncle John wore out his hips from his first replacement and went on to a second set in 1983 which served him well for the rest of his life – another 20 years.
    All the very best with the surgery. Do try to do exactly what you are told to do as your new knees settle in.


  2. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Jorge and your cute pup.

    Ted had a knee replacement in November 2021. He was able to golf in January 2022.

    The physio exercises are so important. Ted’s physiotherapist recommended patience and

    the turning point was approx. 3 weeks after surgery.

    Sending best wishes to you.

    Fran and Ted

    Sent from my iPad



  3. I have a not quite year old right knee and am SO happy I had the replacement surgery. It is a blessing to be able to replace worn out joints and keep on keeping on. Do the rehab diligently and you too will be thrilled enough to get the other one done too. Good luck!


  4. Dear Joanna: I am so sorry you have to go through this surgery but trust it will be better for you afterwards. I will be thinking of you. You have a very positive attitude so with your positive attitude coupled with the love of hubby, family and friends I trust your recovery should not be long.


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