Parting Notes

by Paula Palmer
(Victoria, Texas, USA)

<b>Photo Contest Entry #3</b><br>Parting Notes

Photo Contest Entry #3
Parting Notes

Took a cruise this year and stopped in Mobay.

Had a great day and as we boarded the ship these young children played for us. Several had bags and were collecting donations.

They were fantastic. It was a hot day and they played in full uniform for hours. People were at the ship railing throwing down coins and bills.

One drunk guy started marching with them making a fool of himself and disrespecting the band. But the kids just ignored him and continued to be professional and did not miss a beat.

After we boarded it was hard to find a spot at the railing to watch them. One young man who was collecting donations was really rocking out. I took a movie of him...he was great. See the tiny guy in the band? He kept up the others just fine!

Then they stopped playing and marched into formation facing the ship. All was quiet. Then, very slowly, they started playing the Star Spangled Banner.

You could have heard a pin drop. I have boarded quite a few stops and I will say that I have never witnessed such a great send off.

If I can send the prize to the kids if you know what school they represent.

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Oct 07, 2009
by: Anonymous

I think you had to be there for this photo - it's nice but it doesn't say 'Jamaica' to me..

Sep 30, 2009
by: Patrick

This was the best photo because it represented so many facets of Jamaica plus I like the gesture of giving the winnings to the kids.

Aug 10, 2009

Hi Paula - I was on a cruise too. Visiting the whole area of the Caribbean was amazing - especially
as I am a photographer. I think we may start something by donating the money back to Jamaica - at the end of the day they need it.
Cheers - Like your photo ;0)


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