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Hey DNJ, in case you didn't know, Beeshay was also a shoemaker, although he was not as popular in that profession as Mr. Crespo Millette, Merle's uncle, or my father, John "Pipey" DeCoteau.
But oh yes, "Little Fella"/Beeshay was one of those beloved characters that gave Gouyave its home-made flavor. And btw, did you know that Hot Shirt was not an original Gouyaveman? Like Compere Jimbo and many others, Hot Shirt aka Washup came to Gouyave from Sauteurs I believe, to fish and make his home. He married Flossie, the sister of Popo, Sonny and Pilton whose parents were Mr & Mrs Benard. Gouyave as usual, morphed Hot Shirt into its own peculiar image to make him a real Gouyave man. That's why he is so often mistaken as any other real original Gouyaveman.
Thanks for the memories, my friend!
They were the the two shoe makers that I knew in Gouyave, during which time, they'd no apprentices learning the trade from them. And, I have never heard that Beeshay was a shoe maker. I knew who Beeshay was, including his mother, Miss Maize, his cousins, Donicka (sp), and Alexander, whom I believed had migrated to Trinidad a very long time ago, but I cannot recall from what time I got to know him. His daughter and I grew up on the same strret in Gouyave.
Its of late I came to know that many of the folks that were living in Gouyave weren't ture-blooded Gouyaverians. It was an helping hand from "A PLACE CALLED GOUYAVE", that exposed to me, the originality of some of the people that was living in Gouyave. To this date, I would've sworn that Hot Short was a man of the soil. He definately didn't portray and foreign behaviors that would've given him away, from being said that he was a Gouyave man.
I know Hot Shirt's wife, and her backgroung fairly well. I remember her mother; but not her father.
One of the stories about Bee-shay aka (little corporal) was that on one of the recruiting sessions of the police force Mr Bee-shay got a notion to be a police officer, so on recruitment day, hell-bent on becoming a law enforcement officer he presented himself, heels together, chest puffed out and standing tall:) when the recruiting officer had had finished picking the men, Bee-shay was left standing in line. Need-less-to-say, Bee-shay was very disappointed, so he said to the officer. What about me? The officer replied sorry man you too small to be a constable, Bee-shay replied, well; Make me a little corporal then.
LOL,LOL, dig that joke man,
DNJ, Shortie was from MOYA
Moyah was a place where I'd spent some of the summer vacation each year from school. That was howI'd gotten to know the two shortest men I've ever seen in Grenada. They resembled Shortie, but Idon't know what relation there was between them. Shortie was just a little taller than they were. One of them was called,'Sugar'. Well, Idon't recall the other one name. But, he was the shortest of the two. He drove a wooden bus. I never ride on his bus, because I was too afraid that he wouldn't have been able to stop it quickly in times of a potential accident. All the same, I've never heard of him being involved in an accident of any kind. He was the one who died by the hands of his brother, in a cconflict over a woman. However, he'd two sons. They were both short (dwarfs) as well. One of them turned outto be a Calypsoian, and was magnificent when he was on stage. It was truely a great pleasure to watch him perform his songs on the big stage.
Shortie was In Gouyave for most of his life so, actually, I thought that he was a Gouyaverian, by birth. No wonder why he did not participate in fishing, while he was living in Gouyave. Because where he came from in Moyah, is miles away from the sea.
In Moyah, the residents there waited on the cars/vans, or small trucks that sold jacks and other kinds of fish o come to them. Or buy the corned jacks in Grenville, and take it home with them.
Still, Shortie came from one of the more nicest places in Grenada, in terms of having friendly people.
I inaccurately referred to Bee-shay as "Little man," it should have been "Little Corporal" as Paulita correctly pointed. Thanks Miss P.
Hilariously, it knocked the boots off my feet!
There were many jokes told about people from Gouyave, but this one tops them all. Beeshay was that good in spirit and in truth. He gave us a good time in our lives. I remember his eyes, and the way he looked at you. He was truely one of a kind of man.