A while back, I posted a photo of Ruben's son Isaac, who was selling flowers from the family portrero during the tianguis on Friday.
This time, Ruben himself was there, with some beautiful arrangements that he made with coconut shell and bamboo vases.
Ruben's parents came to La Manzanilla when they were young, and he was born and raised here. He taught school here in town for 32 years, starting when there was just a one- room school housed in the Delegacion.
He remembers the old ruin up on the hill above La Manz that was the mansion from the 'Hacienda' days. Ruben felt it possibly could have been preserved to show future generations the history of this area, but in the end, the Ejido sold the land. There are houses built there now.
Ruben in now retired from teaching, and has become a farmer of sorts - growing lots of flowers on his land which is on the left side of the highway as you approach La Manzanilla from Boca.
He's a very happy and nice man, full of stories about the old days. I asked him how he felt about the changes here, and he said: 'Yes, the town has grown, but I think it still has the beautiful magic it had years ago.'