The nature of Jamaican people

The nature of Jamaican people

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The pragmatic and practical approach to life is clearly evidenced on the busy streets of downtown Kingston, 24/7. The area outshines the entire nation's commercial superstructure with consistent production and distribution of any single item. The vendors and higglers, “co-entrepreneurs”, work tirelessly, many of whom are physically disabled and with medical conditions. Courtesy, care and excellent customer service are the hallmarks of the district.

In the open bus park space, last Saturday, one such young man, in the middle of announcing his items for sale, fell flat. Immediately, a co-entrepreneur started first aid.

“We know him, him have 'fits' .”

Another joined in, “Yes, him live up Father Ho Lung Catholic place.”

The first measure of resuscitation was to obtain scallion to revive the young man.

The call was made and others rushed to nearby vendors to obtain same.

Passengers on buses were doing all they could to protect his “load” of sale items, and complained how the hot sun would make anyone get sick.

Speedily a quick-thinking co-entrepreneur took off the man's shoe, placed him in the recovery position, and put the shoe over his nose to arouse the victim. It worked!

To finalise total ambulation, scallion was crushed and also placed under the ill person's nose.

Amazingly he was able to stand and resume his duties.

The crowd was buzzing with commendation. “See how di man ah work and him sick, while plenty de tun criminal.”

The dynamics of the other Jamaica, while impactful, they never measure up to the intrinsically good nature of the Jamaican people who push their handcarts, rain or shine, and do what they can to save their lives and others.

As an elderly person stated in the bill collector's office: “It no matter what dem seh ah Parliament, ah me have to go pay mi light bill.”

Vic Abby

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