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Tony, "A PLACE CALLED , GOUYAVE" is a well written book. It told stories of the amusements, and frindly, and intellectual activities of.gone-by days in Gouyave. It did not say anything much about the use of.drjss, as this wasn't prevalent among our people in those days. However, it doesn't mean that.rus were there to use, but most Gouyaverians were to adroit to get caught up in it. Except for one man, who "A PLACE CALLED GOUYAVE" spoke of as used to be a Saga-boy, but then became desperate, and went on to lose the bright smile on his face, for a blockhead one. Other than that, everyone else was skepic to all kind of drugs.
But things have changed, and it wasn't for the better, but for the worst.
In the plates seventies, when Jamaican music (Reggae, not Ska), reached Grenada, it brought with it the smoking of cannabis. The young folks quickly fell for it, and they were seen with a spliff in their hhand in many opened places. Some of them even took it to school with them and shared it with friends. I remember two friends of mine were expelled from The St. John's Christian , Secondary School, for smoking weed during the school hours. They were caught by the Principal, Mr. Hudson McPhail, because of the eradicated behavior that they protrayed. Later, they were admitted to another Secondary School in St. George's.
But more and more young folks got involved in canabis, and hard drugs as time went on.
There's actually no turning back, after one's frist use of any kind of drug. Wherever you go, it is a dependency that you must have it when the day comes. Many young people have been caught, by the police with less than a quarter ounce of cannabis, and spent time behind bars for carry it. Some weredeported back to their country of origin, for something they could've do without. Some people just don't care, and think that there are ni consequences to be paid for their actions. But, I guess that's the way life is.
With that said, there is the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. And some people are lobbying hard to get legalization for cannabis altogether. Cannabis is actually a recreation drug. But it can be dangerous, as all other drugs if abused. Those that can stay away from it is doing the right thing. The human body wasn't made to consume every and anything.
But, according to the King James Version of The Holy Bible, "to each, his own"!
G/man, there's nothing bad that can be said about Gouyave. In fact, it's the most sought destination for visitors with Grenada, throughout the year. Gouyave's also an acclaimed territory, guarded and protected well, by each and every Gouyaverian, to keep its name high. Indeed, we are egotistical of her, and of the many kinds of acheivements that derived from her, down throughout the ages.
The Gouyave Mark is printed all over the face of Grenada and other parts of the West Indies. And Gouyave has nothing much in common, with the other parts of the island of Grenada. Given the chance, and I may say, conspicuously, Gouyave can stand on her own two feet, in education, social affairs, and beyond. She's always willing and able to accommodate strangers, with her opened arms. Her history in diversity, and in all other imaginable things is a rich one. Actually, Gouyave came in second to none for refreshing times, and tight-knitted communities, and families, all year round.
Gouyave is a blessed place. Our eyes have beheld its beauty, from since we knew ourselves. We havent got much in terms of historic sights, but the L'Anse Bridge, and the Nutmeg Processing Plant are two well known landmarks that gives Gouyave a fair edge on some other parts of Grenada.
The L'Anse Bridge was built as a walkway for pedestrians to walk, and motor vehicles to drive over. But it did serve a more significant purpose than that. I said to myself that when they were building the L'Anse Bridge, they'd in mind to make it a place where folks can sit down at the ends of it to hold discussions and debates and, I must say, mild arguments, too, because of the way they constructed it. And, sure, the both ends of the bridge were just like a school house, away from the real schoolhouses that were in Gouyave. In spite of the large gatherings of both young and men in advanced age, there's never been a vehicular accident there. Everyone was aware of the surrounding, and many great lessons were taught, by the Gurus (educated people), who were willing to tell what they knew. Mostly everyone who sat down at the ends of the L'Anse Bridge to reason, was like a teacher, or headmaster in their own way. Their teachings had helped many young boys to go on and do well with their school work, and in life on the whole. But, they were no challenge to Mr. A.E. Williams, nor Mr. Eli Peter.
You're so right. Mr. Williams and Mr. Peter should've been given some form of recognition for the hard work they did with the students of the St. John's Roman Catholic and the St. John's Anglican Schools. We owe it to them for the dedication they had, that gave some of their students a good opportunity to master life in the outside world, after they'd finish with school.
Also the techers, such as Mr. Gerald Vincent, Mrs. Daphanie Williams, Davis Crow, Gentle Mitchell, John Wright, Delcie Langaine, Raphael Williams, Raphael Thomas, Lautette Glean, Norma Glean, Mr. Collins, Elsa Williams, Derrick DaBreo, Elsa Ferguson, Hensley Nedd, Daisy Ferguson, Earnest Harris, Lily Campbell, and the many others that I caan't recall at this jiffy, should be praised for their efforts too.
Gouyave have produced some of the most inspirational, and educated men and women in modern history in Grenada. She's many reasons for having the luster on her face for so long!
Socially and culturally, Gouyave was once the vacation spot for many of Grenada's socialites. The area was once littered with Tennis Courts, manicured Lawns with flower gardens throughout, blooming all through the year.
Who could forget Teacher Daisy Ferguson and Miss Caroline Cameron homes of Edward Street or Ms. Claris Fleming of St. Benoit Street or Georgie Gibbs home on Lower Depradine and the entire Gouyave Estate Buccan, leading up to the Great House with all the Gouyava Trees (teasing Geneveive's seemingly appetite for the fruit).
And it did not stop there, for Gouyave continued along that path, as our young fellas began to take root. We had the introduction of "The Square Dance", again by Dr. John and Ardis Wright; our own Tony DeCoteau and "The Pioneers Group" to complement our carnival festivities.
Gouyave was the mecca of sporting in Grenada as exemplified during our 24th May sporting at Cutbut Peters Park formerly Windsor Park.We had our own sporting heroes like Theo Antoine (Yes! Donald Pierre's Father; Dorothy and Reginald Wilson, children of Cyril( Pecaw) Wilson and many more, all of whom could have aspired to be world classed the opportunity presented itself.
In fact, my memory takes me back to Queens Park in St. Georges when famed female sprinter from Trinidad and Tobago, Yvonne DeCarlo got a sound cut-hass from Dorothy Wilson in the 100 meters.
Gouyave again celebrated on that day with the usual fanfare that only Gouyave knew how to do.
All this was the product of Gouyave's Anglican and Catholic School and I have not even touched on those who never set foot in any Secondary School but went on to obtained Masters and Doctorates; Dr. John Wright belongs in that group also and "ah doh fraid to call he name; one hundred times if ah have to".
So you see, " We always had bellie"
Ok. You've taken me down the road that I'd never walked on. Many of what you've said here were things I'd not heard about. Thanks a million, for sharing it. It reminds me deeply, about the earl y and late evening sessions that were held on the L'Anse Bridge in the days gone by. That's the precious call the Gouyaveman had answered to - educating his fellowmen without asking anything for his time and knowledge to be paid to him for it. Yes. Gouyave was/is indeed a unique place in Grenada.
There was one other place in Grenada where the guys sat down and held talks on a bridge. The Moyah Bridge was much narrower and shorter than the L'Anse Bridge. Every night, the young men from Moyah gathered there, with lots of sugarcane and a variety of other fruits, and they talked the night away. Unlike Gouyave, with having serious raptures like Biology, Mathematics, History, Social, and international topics, the guys on the Moyah Bridge talks were purely humorous ones. They were more interested in getting a good laugh, before they went to bed for the night. We in Gouyave wanted something educational in our heads, before we went to bed for the night. Talks about the movies were withheld from the discussions that were held on the L'Anse Bridge. It was strictky for the edification of oneself!
Well, McIntyre, in the Central area had a lawn tennis court on his property. I've never seen anyone playing tennis on it. Also, it was off limit to the locals. But, after the deaths of the McIntyres, the tennis tenns court became everybody's court. We used it to our leisure, and pastime. Soccer and cricket matches were often played there, without anyone to stop us from playing the games. That was life,.after the McIntyres were gone.
I don't recall some of the teachers you mentioned in you previous post. But I remember that while attending elementary school, there were a few large pieces of boards, well crafted, and hanging on the walls inside the schoolhouse. On those pieces of boards were the names of many teachers, who taught at the school. I don't know if it was the.same in The St. John's Anglican School, but I remembered that.school days were very happy days!
Once again, G, thanks for sharing with me so much things about Gouyave. I'll keep it in me from now on.