Man who appears magically next to us: My girlfriend and I saw how you were dressed, and we were just at this party, and they gave us these cookies, and we wanted you…
He trails off, proffering a small, white papered bundle.
Hannah: [Big and quick inhale] Are they calaveras?!? Are they skull cookies??
Man, smiling: Yeah, yeah they are.
Hannah: You’re giving us cookies?
Hannah & Mom, slightly off from one another: Awww, thank you(!).
I accepted the package graciously and peeked inside at them, expressed another but of bouncy joy and expressed my gratitude again, both to him and for him to tell his girlfriend, and the man walked off, all three of us smiling.
Not so bad for dinner at a Thai place – my mom had wanted Mexican food to end the holiday, but everywhere food was, naturally, packed…, so, we just stopped for a warm meal at the place down the street from my house, on our way to take me home.
When we fully opened the package and took them out, we found handmade, adorable calavera cookies.
So, in a way, my mom got her Mexican food to celebrate the end of the Día de Muertos days, after all. 😛