Why I Love Jamaica
by David Pott
(Bishop Auckland UK)
RE: What Makes Jamaica Special
It is not easy to explain why “I love Jamaica” is such a reality for me, but I will make an attempt...
Firstly, I am blown away by the hospitality of the people. I find Jamaicans to be so warm and friendly. I truly feel welcomed on a continuing basis. We hear so much about the violence in Jamaica, but the vast majority of the population are friendly to outsiders and to each other. When we drove slowly around Trench Town one day my driver acknowledged everyone we passed with a comment, wave or friendly toot. Incidentally the horn on your car is an extension of your voice expressing everything from “Marnin'”, “'Scuse me” to “You crazy man!”
Secondly, I love their speaking. Jamaicans speaking is a beautiful sound. I cannot begin to understand patois, but you pick up most of broken English. I felt that I feasted on the Jamaican accent.
Thirdly, I was impressed by the fact that so many Jamaicans have a unique blend of wisdom and passion. That is a fascinating blend! I believe these are the God given gifts and when Jamaicans move in them all is well. The majority use that combination for good purposes, but there are those who use cleverness negatively to trick and take advantage or who use their passion without control.
Fourthly, Jamaicans love their nation and they know how to celebrate it. I felt most happy with worship in churches when it is most Jamaican – you just have to move and dance!
Fifthly it is indeed a very beautiful island. My special treat was a day to enjoy the birds at Rocklands above Montego Bay. Two endemic species of hummingbird, the streamer-tail and the mango hummingbird feed from little bottles while perched on your finger – they are like rainbow fragments.
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A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' - since April 2007.
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