National Geographic : 1955 Feb
218 Justin Locke "And There's Africa!" Teacher Takes Hermosillo Children on a Global Tour Hermosillo, as the capital, guides the progress of booming Sonora, Arizona's neighbor to the south (map, opposite). Sonora exports shrimp, tomatoes, and minerals to the United States; it opens its gates to American travelers and heavy machinery. This huge globe with spiral ramp stands in a schoolyard. claimed, 'Marcellene, I do believe I'm being serenaded, and here I am in my nightgown!' Sure enough, there was a gang of high-school boys, friends of my children, singing in the street. "I got Mother dressed, seated her in the window, and the boys played guitar music through the bars. That was their way of say ing, 'Thank you for making those doughnuts,' something they had never tasted until they visited our house. Poor Mother! Of all the songs they played, the only one she recog nized was 'Mexicali Rose.' "That's what I like about Mexico-the friendly spirit. Visitors from the States look around, see the lack of plumbing and clothes closets, and ask, 'Why do you live here? Why put up with it?' "I tell them this is the land of tranquillity. The tumult and treadmill life of the big cities pass us by. And where else could I afford two servants and two horses? "I think my children have a better chance here. A movie once a week is an adventure to them. They don't go chasing off in hot rods."