Wednesday was Mother’s Day in Mexico and 242 grandmothers received a free meal, a red rose, an apron, slushies and live entertainment, all provided by So Others May Eat non-profit in San Miguel de Allende.
Mothers listened to live music at the Mother’s Day Luncheon in San Miguel
I volunteered as a server at the luncheon for these elderly folks from outside the city of San Miguel de Allende.
They are rural dwellers with limited resources, no running water, dirt floors in their homes, and a strong Catholic faith.
So Others May Eat was started 20+ years ago by Antonette Lim and her husband Joe, and is now being run by their youngest child Dr. Grace Lim, an active medical physician and owner of SPA Hotel.
Dr. Lim grew up in SMA and was practicing medicine in Mexico City when her mother grew ill. Dr. Lim promised her mother she would keep S.O.M.E. operating when she passed away.
Dr. Grace Lim, director of So Others May Eat
And she has. She and her husband, both doctors, moved back to SMA, and work tirelessly to not only keep full time practices going but also oversee S.O.M.E. operations.
Each week between 130 and 240 women, some children and men come to the Parroquia, the central church in downtown SMA, for mass and a free meal.
The Parroquia in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
S.O.M.E. is supported by donations and lots of volunteers who provide a sit-down meal served to each individual.
In addition to prayers, singing, and talks by Dr. Lim on personal hygiene, healthy eating habits, and other medical insights, funds are provided for when one passes, and various types of support needed by those attending.
An assembly line of servers begins working around 10:30 a.m. preparing plates, utensils, drinks and desserts, and by 1 p.m. the guests arrive, greeted by the volunteers with smiles and salutations.
Pitchers of water are placed on each table, and the servers roam the dining area with glasses of fruit water, a favorite of Mexicans.
Slushies for one and all
The serving begins in earnest as bowls of soup are distributed, followed by a large salad of fresh greens and tomatoes. Then comes the main course, and on this day, guests received fresh cooked broccoli, baked chicken, tortillas, chicken spaghetti, and fresh bread spread with a combination of cream, cheese and refried beans.
Of course, pinto beans and freshly diced peppers garnished each plate. I can’t attest to how caliente (hot/spicy) the peppers were, but my guess is they were mucho caliente.
As a live mariachi band played, and singing erupted through the area, servers brought out dessert plates, each filled with a homemade cookie, a piece of cake, a banana, and orange slices.
It was a sight to enjoy, as Mothers were honored, people were fed, and gringos from the United States, Canada, France, Australia, and other countries gave their time to add to the festivities.
And, the mother with the most children: 16! The next closest in number was 10.
It was a truly wonderful Mothers Day for us all.
I know the pictures are not the best, but the event was great, although the photos may not be.