Lots has been happening in the news with death being the prominent noticia. Things to make you wonder or at least take a stock of your own mortality. Johnny Chocran went peacefully. I wasn't even aware he was sick. Terri Scharivo went admist of controversy and of course The Pope went admist the modern age of continual news coverage. Here we get the international news of CNNI and BBC World. and beleive me I think I know about everthing possible there is to know about The Pope, the Vatican, and the Catholic religion....well that's from the media point of view. I had to ask, where does CNNI find all the stories to give you full 24hr comprehensive coverage about the same topic for three straight days. It's just amazing. BBC has been giving lots of coverage also, but at least they are breaking periodically to give you other programming. I've gotten to the point now where I'm Poped out. But hey the funeral isn't until Friday and the college of Cardinals still have to meet to choose the new Pope, so the drama continues to unfold on CNN. I've began to make the Discovery channel my favorites.
Now back to my visiting family. When they first came I contemplated writing a blog about bajan words and phrases and cultural habits as they were using many that I hadn't heard or seen in quite some time. Then I changed and thought about writing about their reactions to many things we in modernized societies take for granted but I also changed my mind on that. What I did realize during the visit, is that people are a product of their education, society and socialization and therefore we must not judge them or make light of their upbringing. My family fit into that category.
You see, this particular group of my family are from rural small village in B'dos. They are a product of their society and limited in their exposure to the world. I commend them for making the effort to visit me and the hubby in the various places we have been blessed to live. This gives them some exposure to a world outside their own. It however, makes me realize that we are truly blessed and are among the limited people in the world who live like we do. What I mean is, although we live in a modern society with of all the convinces of modernization. We take this forgranted, but there are many more people in the world who do not live like us in first world countries. Some basic examples, not to degrade, or boast but to show...
- Seeing bldg over 7 stories was totally amazing to them. One older relative looked at a Bldg that was probably 15 stories up and said "whalosss..looka how tall dah Bldg is..um musse would tek ah whole day tuh get up dey" and this was said in genuine seriousness
- Our little nephew was quite excited about getting in the elevator, so he would always fight with his sister to push the button.
- The first day as we were sitting at the table preparing for dinner. I set the table with knives and forks. Set the dinner in the center for self service. Nothing fancy, just the basics. The mother of the nephew commented, look Tom (names changed to protect the innocent) auntie Jane (me) has the table set like we see the white people do on TV. I was shocked.
- Seeing the mountains was another marvelous sight for them.
- traveling on the train an experience in itself and the last two comical and interesting observations were..
- We have a lady who comes occasionally to help out around the house, of course a Spanish lady. When she came, the mother of the the little boy was most astonished because a woman of high color..( to them a Spanish woman is a white woman) was working for a black woman. They couldn't believe it. She spent the morning watching the woman work. And when we finished dinner and the lady came to help remove the dishes..That was another culture shock for them. The comment was... she gine wash de wares ?? yes, was the reply...oh wha I ein know she would do dah too (with raised eyebrows in total amazement)
- The most comical comment of the week was on our way back to the airport. You have to pass thru two mountain ranges via tunnels. The grandmother looked at me and commented. "Duh got summuch mountains doh, wait, dey couldn't tek a bulldozer and push down some ah dem tuh flatten dem and mek de roads straight" Now, how do you respond to that question with a straight face. I had to say. . Gran, dem mountains made of solid rock, yuh just can't push dem down so, plus dem did standing dey fuh hundreds ah years.
So, I just wanted to give you a lil insight into the two weeks that I had with the family and what I went thru. We love them and we had a great time with them. At their leaving, everyone commented on what a great time they had and are looking forward to visiting again next year. Another batch of family members are schedule to visit next month.