A sad component is that this continued hype is going to cripple the Mexican economy even more than it already is. The Mexican people we have had contact with on more than half a dozen trips over the years are extremely hard-working, loving, generous men and women with families they are trying to take care of, just like us. They don't deserve this.
And what are we really talking about here? Yes, some people have died - just like some people die every year from the flu. I certainly don't mean to trivialize these deaths, but the numbers are tiny. I don't want to get the flu, but if I get it I can handle being sick for a few days. So can my husband and daughter. So can most people.
I've done my best to understand the panic and have compassion for those who didn't want to be around us, despite my daughter's crying and despair, and feeling ostracized by our neighbors and friends. My husband and I tried not to take it personally, with a grain of salt and a sense of humor. I think we all came through this with thicker skins. Some people were wonderful and made us feel very welcome to be home, and that gave us solace.