Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

More Tief

We had a further reminder that every possession needs to be seen as dispensable, and temporary. At some point, they will all be taken from us, and when we die we won’t even be taking our bodies with us.

De dyam tief dem strike again.



This time, they broke into my parent’s place in the country, through the burglar bars, and made off with:
curtains
an old TV
a broken radio
toilet paper
2 canvas chairs
bath mats
a gas cylinder
old clothes
pictures from off the wall and wall-hangings
cutlery
an old microwave (ca 1988)
an old toaster oven
some old carvings
stuff passed on from 3 grandparents
an old fan
Basically, my parents had wisely furnished the place with the crap they no longer wanted in their house in Kingston, knowing full well that the place would be broken into at some point.

So, the day finally came and they made off with absolutely nothing of value to my parents.

But the scary part is that there are thieves out there who are willing to either make several trips or use a car to steal what basically is a bunch of old junk. The word that came to mind for me is “desperate.”

Which is pretty sad… but that’s the state of mind that many of my country-men are in, who are not just poor, but in a state of survival. For people like me, who are fortunate, there is much work to be done.

2 Comments:

At 3/12/2006 5:16 PM, Anonymous ratty said...

you've made some good point...but some country man are just lazy.

 
At 3/22/2006 4:19 PM, Blogger fwade said...

True ting dat

 

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