Cúpido Motorizado/Herbie the Love Bug, Mazatleco Style

cúpido motorizadoThis morning on the way back from church we saw a “love bug.” No, not Herbie, the beetle from the 1960s and 70s Disney movies, but a modern-day love mobile.

Covered with sticky notes from top to bottom, front to back (slide show below), each note covered in kisses and expressions of amor.

The custom of covering a car with sticky notes is common among young adults here in Mazatlán. We usually see it when the car owner is being congratulated for something — a graduation, for example. When we lived in Kansas City, young people would toilet paper one another’s houses to congratulate their friends. Big change from when I was a kid; back then t-p-ing someone’s house was an insult.

I love this sticky note custom. Danny doesn’t. He told me he’d hate to have his car covered like that.

About Dianne Hofner Saphiere

There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face. I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career. What's your story?

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