Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 15th 2014 Contents My name is
Jason Mills and I m
a driver with the
Tobago House of
I m from Black
Rock. Fort Bennet
Street. The one with
the fort. And the his-
Is kind of
strange: when you
live next to the
beach, you tend
not to go as much.
My mother was mother-and-father, and she
had a hard time with me. I used to run from
school when I was ten and go to the beach. What
saved me sometimes, from licks, was I used to
put food on the table. I dive and use the spear-gun.
Sometimes I throw the line. I would feel good when
I come home with a pigtail bucket full of jacks and
anchovy. Because I know that would feed the whole
house and more.
I never went on after primary school. I didn t
pass my exam, so I went off to Mt St George
Youth Camp. I was about 16, 17 then. I did my Com-
mon Entrance when I was about 14, 15. You would
have gotten two chances and I failed two chances. You
don t realise, at the age of ten, 11, 12, 13, the importance
of school. That s the consequence I suffered of not
having a father around.
To this day, I don t even know what my father
looks like. Never met him. He died, I understood.
I didn t self know how to cry, because I didn t know
A lot of people have migrated to Tobago so vil-
lages, now, are mixed up with born Tobagonians
and maybe a Grenadian, a Guyanese, an Amer-
ican, a Jamaican, Germans. It has changed the
village. The first thing these people want to do is secure
their spot. When, long time, we used to pass through
to go to a specific plum tree, a chennette tree, if it was
in somebody s yard, you would ask to pick two mango.
You can t do that now. Because everybody is fenced
up and have a big dog.
Not having a father is an unanswered question.
Piece of you is lost.
My mother used to take me to Trinidad to visit
family. There was an area called Coney Island,
rides to go on, the cartwheel, little horses going
round. She had my brother in her hand and me
on her back. And there was such a big crowd at the
gate, and they were pushing her so hard that, one time,
my brother came out of her hand. I was really small.
In this crowd, there was this funky, perspiring smell.
And that smell stayed with me until today. From that
moment to now, I never liked crowds. So I spend a
lot of time with myself. Which gives me time to think.
I ve never put a lot of thought into whether
we have an afterlife. I try my best to concentrate
on the moments we have now.
If you take a bottle water that you buy for $6
to the petrol station and fill it with petrol, it does
not come up to $6. So we pay more now for water
than petrol. When I was younger, water was cool from
It s not just you alone: it s a whole world of
I m a driver with the THA. Events like Jazz,
Blue Food, I will pick executives up from the air-
port, I would take sometimes a school to the
clinic. The job is driving but the assignment changes
and every day is different and fun.
Tobago people are not racist: they re very pro-
tective of their own. I ve encountered people who
say Indian people shouldn t move to Tobago. I ve
encountered Indian people talking about Tobago people.
But, when you listen to
the both and do your
assessment, you realise
it s just people trying to
find a comfort zone and
a little space for them-
I keep myself
informed, I listen to it
--but I don t like poli-
tics. You can be a normal
person and make social
change. You don t have
to dress up in a jacket-
and-tie to make a differ-
You see good people
go into politics and get
stupid. It can do a lot of
damage to people who
don t have the discipline
to deal with money and
The best part about
the job is getting paid,
A Tobagonian is
somebody who you
could get a plate of
food from! Whether is
dumpling and dasheen
Trinidad & Tobago
means, to me, sister-
brother: Family. If we
focus on that, we d be a
Monday, December 15, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
BAGO TO THE BONE
as told to BC Pires
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of this feature at
Tobago people are not racist: they're very protective of their
own. I've encountered people who say Indian people
shouldn't move to Tobago. I've encountered Indian people
talking about Tobago people. But, when you listen to the both
and do your assessment, you realise it's just people trying to
find a comfort zone and a little space for themselves.
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