As I wind down

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His Father’s Day looked like this…..

I am certainly one for being spontaneous! Last weekend I decided that the best gift for the hubby would be a day trip to visit his brother in New Jersey. Normally, that’s an easy feat but not without a day off in six days, Friday and Saturday engagements causing me to function on five hours of sleep. Oh well, my brother in law is worth it!

Ringggggg! Rinnnggggg! Yup that was my alarm clock at 5:30 am on Sunday morning. Snacks packed, kids up, everyone showered and dressed and we hit the road. I won’t bore you with how sleepy I was or how I wanted to have my head examined for suggesting this adventure but I was thrilled when we finally arrived

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My brother in law stumbled down his stairs to find us calmly sitting in his living room and the smile that encompassed his face was priceless. We had a couple of hours to catch up before the drive back home so we brunched at a spot with amazing views of rolling landscapes and returned to the house. A little music, some bonding and lots of catching up during which I caught some forty winks and back on the road home .

I’m really happy we made the trip and the hubby was extremely thankful for his Father’s Day gift. I think my brother in law is now going to be on high alert whenever my sister in law and I get together :-).

St. Lucia’s Native Son

Last night I attended the viewing of “Poetry is an Island” a film about the life of Derek Walcott. This phenomenal Nobel Laureate whose prose intertwines Greek mythology with every day Caribbean lifestyle is the proud son of the Helen of the West, St. Lucia.

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We walked through his childhood dreams, the demise of his mother, his isolation from his native land (something that rocks me to my core every day) as he and his friends vividly narrated the journey using his poetry.

The Arts are an important part of a child’s foundation and a country’s foundation and it pains me to see the erosion of talent and promise. I do believe that those who can affect change should do so especially when given the rare platform.

There were many remarkable and heart wrenching quotes about life in the Caribbean and abroad but it is said that a picture paints a thousand words. The picture that will stay with me is of Derek Walcott walking along the beach and then sitting while the water laps at his feet and he watches the beautiful skyline as the sun sets in St. Lucia.