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They were amazingly two of the best acrobats in Grenada. They were two blood brothers, who were very close to each other, and fascinated the people of Gouyave with their skillful acrobatic moves.They used their bodies well, long before the same thing was seen in the Kung Fu movies that took over the Secret Agent movies that were predominant in the ninteen seventies. They lived together, in a big hiuse on Central Depardine Street, and they were well educated too, as well. No one knew from where they learned their acrobatic skills, but I didn't hesitate to believe that it was a gift to them from the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.
The two brothers, Alistus, and Micheal (not their real names), were conscious minded, and knew how to appreciate gifts they received. Like nothing, except for their lives, they cherised it with all their hearts, and made good use of it, by practicing regularly, to improve on their skills. Their practice sessions weren't carried out in a facny-looking gymnasium, that was filled with the right types of equippments, but out in an opened space, especially on one of the most popular beaches in St. John's. Everyone had the chance to see them when they practiced.
It was always a pleasurable moment, and like the time had stood still, while the many spectators watched these two men somersauted, over and over again, looking better with each somersault. They weren't doing it to show off, but rather, as a form of exercise, which indeed, was a great thing to do.
If I remembered correctly, these two blood brothers were both elementary school teachers. Or, one of them was a teacher in The St. John's Anglican School. They weren't of African decent, but Porteuese, perhaps. They knew no predijuice towards the many black people that lived among them; they blended nicely, with the mixture of all human beings that were in their midst.
Alistus and Micheal had no one to whom they were teaching their acrobatic skills to. But they weren't selfish men, who wouldn't have taught the young folks to master it. Perhaps no one bothered to seek their assistance in learning how to somersault, without causing serious injuries to themelves. However, their acrobatic skills never fell short of the endeavor they pursued, as the local weigt lifters did. They had truely made a name in the Acrobatic World for themselves.
There was a story about Alistus and Micheal, but I cannot confirm whether it was true or false.
Alistus and Micheal loved playing the' Vecko' (sp) mass. It was said that on one carnival day, they left Gouyave and went down to the City of St. George's to parade the street. A fight broke out between the Vecko band, and some residents from St.George's. Some of the men, Alistus and Micheal included, were overcome by the men from St. George's. Alistus and Micheal were thrown over a wall, and was expecting to land hard, on the hard surface of the seashore. However, they landed on the feet, because of their acrobatic skills, and did not get hurt. They returned back to Gouyave with just a few small scratches on their bodies. If the story was true, they certainly had a big paid-off day, because of their skills, and hard work in the area of the acrobatic combinations they were able to use.
Gouyave has seen many iinteresting things and people. Undoubtedly, the two acrobatic brothers were noticeable, and were considered to be two of the most serious men in the kind of sports they loved and cherished with all their hearts and souls.
The two young men you remembered were Allister and Roland Medford, the Sons of Teacher Mollie who lived on the opposite side of the Gas Station(the Bowder).
Allister iimmigrated to the US and lived in Philadelphia where he passed some years ago.
Roland is still at home living quietly and raising a family.
They were indeed two of Gouyave's most admired and down-to-earth fellas.
This Talkshop still bears the finger prints of Teacher Molly's contribution to education and indeed to the good people of Gouyave.
She may be gone but not forgotten.
I used to admire Alister and his brother, Roland. They were quiet men, who treated everyone with equality, fairness, and consistency; and respected everything that'd Gouyave written down on it. But, I didn't remember them as "Teacher Molly" children.
The house that they grew up in was a bit difficult to be completely seen, by anyone, because there were some huge flower trees directly in front of it.
The trees, when in bloom, had some of the most beautiful flowers on it. And, they gave out a sweet-smelling perfume at night, just like a flower tree that was around Miss Melda, and Nen Irene's place of residence.
I remember some of the small children in Gouyave used to attend school in that house. And, yeah! The teacher's name was Teacher Molly. I cannot remember teacher Molly's face, as time has been long, since I'd last seen it. Miss Donavon, and her school had been eaiser for me to remember. Because it was closer to where I lived.
I've heard the passing of Alister and, also, I haven't heard anything about Roland for quite some time now.
May Alister and teacher Molly's soul continue to rest in peace.
People like teacher Molly, and Mr. A.E. Williams, and Mr. Eli Peter, and teacher Daisy cannot be forgotten for many, many generations. They were the engineers, behind the education of most off Gouyave.
We know that there are many wonderful things to say about Gouyave. Nobody should lose trace of them. Sharing them with Gouyaverians, and Non-Gouyaverians, is keeping them alive, and refreshing the people with the pastimes we had.
Thanks for your take on the subject:
And, continuous blessings from.God to Roland, and his family.
oH YEA ,remember this story to well,the boys were always polite and respectable whenever you visited teacher Molly ,and the likes of teacher Daisy,Teacher Miriam Roden etc.those were very outstanding Teachers
There's no incredulity in my mind that you're a Gouyaverian. But, still, I am not cognizant with the name, "Akada." You are knowledgeable about many aspects of Gouyave, and I wondered why haven't you decided yet, to share it with us. Many stories about Gouyave have already been told, but many more are yet to be told. One man alone cannot remember all the stories about Gouyave. That's where your sharing of Gouyave and the wonderful things about her could take us back in time. And, giving us a hint of who you are, wouldn't hurt your identity in one way, or the other. Still, I am not puzzled, if you'll continue to keep your identity a secret. It's all good, by me.
Your mention of teacher "Miriam Roden" doesn't tell me who she was. I just don't remember her. But, I remember the Roden family from Douglaston, which has been the only Rodens I knew in St. John's.
The only teacher from Douglaston that I remember well is, teacher Pansy DaBreo (sp). She became a nurse, after her teaching career was over. I think that Pansy was a sister to Domingo, a famous tailor from Douglaston, and wife of a Louisan man, from Southern (Grand Roy, or Concord) St. John's.
thanks for info i will ask my mom