Scratchie\’s World

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Spirit of a People 12/09/2006

We often make efforts to publish the horrid things that happen around us and fail to realize that the Caribbean is still a very caring region despite the many shortfall which we may have. Last week i was reminded that we have responsibilities as a people for those around us whether they are family friend or nothing at all to us except being human beings.

There is a young lady who is employed to the same organization as myself. Quite often my co-workers and I go out to walk at the front of the building just to soak up some sun before returning to the air conditioned office. Now downtown Kingston is pepperred with homeless persons as well as mentally unstable persons. I figure because it is near to natural ammenities such as water and the tall buildings provide some shelter in the nights. Also because there are many offices there is also an ample supply of refuse.

Well, while we were standing in front of the building this other young lady who for the most part is a loner came past with a black scandal bag (a black plastic bag used to pack grocerys and anything else you care to carry). She when to the corner of the adjoining building where a homeless man seemes to be residing with a dog. I might add that the dog looked quite healthy for a street mutt. She stopped at the corner and opened the bag and shared some lunch scraps (I assume from the canteen) for the dog. The dog obviously knew her as he wagged his tail vigorously as she approached. She then turned to the old man and after a few words she handed him a lunch box. I mentioned it to one of the young ladies walking with me and she said she had seen the exchange some days earlier. Curiousity got the better of me and it would seem that this exchange is a routine ocurrence.

I have thought about it since then. It dawned on me that maybe we are not called to solve every problem our country faces but if we tackle each one, one at a time maybe we can make a dent. Miss B as I will call her, is not trying to feed all the poor and needy, just one with whom she has contact. Bearing in mind that we are all on limited budgets. We have not been granted any pay increases since 2003 but when you think about it this man may never have had a pay much less an increase.

I recalled in high school that a certain teacher would chastise us for not wanting to participate in visits to the national home for the destitute. He scuffed at us and tried to make us feel terrible about it. It nagged me for weeks after my visit that so many people in my homeland didn’t have somebody to call family or friend, the end result being that they ended up being the poorest of the poor. My grandfather in his day called the home the evidence of evil of society. I asked him why and he said that the reason those persons ended up there was because of the evil/sin of the society from which they came. He place no blame on the residents but rather on the society which allowed them to end up there. He chided that the residents all belonged to somebody and they for the most part had some legacy of family but that family chose the easy way out…discard them to the state. It took me a while to understand but the picture became clearer on a visit to another home some years later. Bags were thrown over the wall with food and clothing with the name of residents. I was told by the supervisor that these persons did indeed have family but rather than bear the burden of responsibility for elderly mothers and fathers they simply left them on the street or at the gate of the home and every now and again brought whatever food or clothes that stirred there conscience to leave…not even bothering to visit with a family member. Have we grown that callous.

Well Miss B has shown that there is some semblance of hope. She cares regularly for someone she doesn’t even know. She sees the need and addresses it in the way she can. My respect to her and for whatever motivates her to show the kindness that she does. One Love.      


September 12, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Its a good idea. I should start doing something myself.

    Comment by Mad Bull | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  2. Aint that the truth,You can’t help everybody but you can make a little difference to someone.I like that story

    Comment by abeni | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  3. There are so many to help for real, but imagine if each one did that to at least one, things would be better. I find that we are less caring as a people (generally) these days. We need to do better and remember that God is watching us.

    Comment by cooldestiny | September 12, 2006 | Reply

  4. It is all the small things that add up to make the big change – I liked this post!

    Comment by CaliJamaican | September 13, 2006 | Reply

  5. That’s a remarkable young woman — especially, if those people were indeed strangers 2 her. A kind heart does so very much.

    Comment by Melody Piggy | September 13, 2006 | Reply

  6. That’s a wonderful story. So unlike the negative stuff you hear on the local media. If everyone in Jamaica and the Caribbean had a heart like Ms. B, we’d be a lot better off.

    Comment by Leon | September 13, 2006 | Reply

  7. Thats a very good act of kindness that the young lady did. If we all did one act of kindness to just one person in (genuine) need, then Jamaica and the world would be a little better.

    Comment by Stunner | September 14, 2006 | Reply

  8. if each one helped someone else the worl would be a better place

    Comment by jdid | September 15, 2006 | Reply

  9. I reiterate all the previous comments Scratchie.

    I know the teacher to whom you refer. People do similar things with their relatives at hospitals as well. They simply ‘deposit’ them in Casualty or A&E with some clothing and leave them. Recently, we had an elderly male (in his 80s’) who became a resident of the hospital. He had wife and children alive but none of them would assume responsibility for him when he was ready to be discharged….saying that he was a horrible husband and father in his younger days. Indeed, we have to be careful of our actions with others…life does dish out its due Karma. He spent over nine months in hospital until the Social Work Dept. was finally able to make some plans for his ultimate discharge.

    Respec to Miss B.

    Comment by Dr. D. | September 15, 2006 | Reply

  10. Dr. D. has put a slightly different spin on things. Very true that the rewards of our past actions with others will eventually catch up with us. So make sure you live good with relatives and friends.

    Comment by scratchie | September 15, 2006 | Reply

  11. For real, what a difference that lady probably has made in someone else’s life.

    Comment by Marc | September 17, 2006 | Reply

  12. Great post, and Ms. B is a great person. Everyone can learn from her.

    Comment by revolution island | September 17, 2006 | Reply

  13. Its good to know the world still has beautiful people in it.

    Great post by the way.


    Comment by BajanQueen | September 19, 2006 | Reply

  14. Great post. Yes we can all learn from her!

    Comment by Kimmie | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  15. Ms.B did a good job what a big change did it make in someone life respect to Ms.B may the lord bless u

    Comment by tiffy | December 31, 2006 | Reply

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