Bajans are kind people at heart
I arrived in your beautiful island in early January.
I come yearly to try and escape the cold snowy North as it bothers my arthritis, and now that I have reached 50 years of age it tires me out having to make my way through the deep snow.
Every year I am even more taken up with the kindness, compassion and love of the Bajan people. Their warmth is noticed by the numerous other vacationers I have talked with.
I very much enjoy talking, learning and communicating with other people of various nationalities. I do not know if they think I know what I am talking about, or if it is because?I walk with a noticeable gait on my right side and use a cane on my left due to a tear in the cartilage of my knee cap.
The questions I am always asked – after the people tell me “the people of Barbados are so friendly and helpful” – is, is crime bad?
I tell them: “You know it’s everywhere, you can’t escape it.”
I tell them that in the 23 years I have been coming here I have had no problems. I am not afraid to go out and walk down any pathway, road or street, but use common sense.
The only thing I hear that concerns them is the price of food. It baffles them how Barbadians can survive with the high prices.
Barbadians, you have done a remarkable job welcoming visitors, helping them feel at home, safe and secure.
The kindness shown when [you] . . . get up and let an elderly, crippled or pregnant person sit down – I thank you.
I even had a lady close to 80 give up her seat for me. I think she was in worse shape than me,?but that is love, fellowship and family. We all have one God and Father.
By the way, I didn’t take the seat but thanked her warmly and was offered another.
People also offer to hold a bag, knapsack or purse while a person is standing and holding on in the bus.
I could go on and on but remember, the smallest gesture may mean the whole world to that person, as it did me.
Your comments are great news. They clearly indicate that the warmth of our people which gave this destination a positive reputation internationally still exists.
The fact that you feel at home here is very important to us, and I sincerely hope that you continue to come and enjoy all this country has to offer.
Yes, like other places in the world we have problems, but as a people we can still be very caring, and I sincerely hope that this positive element in us continues forever.
On behalf of all Barbadians, I would like to thank you for your kind words and your repeat visits.