Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 25th 2015 Contents guts or courage to go back to
Moruga to live after you have been
away for a number of years, but
on hindsight I realised it s only
love. Love for the place you were
born and bred will give you that
impetus to go back there and try
to make a positive difference. Love
personified is what you are doing."
John continues, "You see, you re
doing it not for fame or glory but
for fulfilment of dreams you had
for your birthplace. When you
expose the young people to cultural
experiences and show them that
they are worthy of doing more you
are creating a better Moruga.
"By your dedication, your
demeanour and your sincerity, you
are teaching not only the youths
but the adults as well. Remember
more things are caught than
taught. Carolyn (my primary
school name) my dear, I know it s
a tough battle.
"Like an old, broken record I
will reiterate how proud I am of
you. Reading that article brought
joy to my heart. You will feel
despondent at times; you will hear
the negatives; remember nobody
throws stones at a tree without
"The more you do the more the
small minds will try to discourage
you. Remember God put you there
for that purpose---to enhance the
lives of those with whom you come
into contact. Love conquers every-
thing. Continue to share your love."
Today, I reply.
Sir, I remembered that in Stan-
dard Two I had an injury, and
missed classes for the entire term.
But I begged my mother to send
me to do end-of-term test and
she relented. I placed first.
You were so proud you lifted me
up so I would not have to walk for
my prize. As you carried me, there
was a collective chuckle much like
the sniggers I still hear in Moruga,
and I never knew if you knew that
it was bad underwear that caused
I could live in the embarrass-
ment of poverty and flared-out
panties, but what still steals my
breath is that you lifted me up, a
seven-year-old girl, bandaged sore
foot and all. And 45 years later
you re in my constituency of
believers, still lifting me up.
Thank you for respecting my
contribution and relevance and
speaking to me with dignity that
never hints at my health issues as
a thing of significance, reminding
me I am a whole person.
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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
I wonder, would I ever get to the
point where people embrace me with
the wholeheartedness I deserve? And
that wonderment isn t primarily about
me but one that waits for a day when
the world experiences the apocalypse
of stigma and discrimination.
Okay. Let s be real and aim for abate-
I do not feel at all broken having
lived with satisfactory success while
attending to the matter of my mental
health. In fact, with time I ve learned
that I have a much better attitude about
my health than most people.
I no longer question God. That grip-
ing about "why me" and other such
whininess are indulgences I cannot
entertain. Life is too short and it s taken
too long for me to be comfortably open
about my life in order to lead/teach/
guide on issues that we gingerly avoid.
Yet, at times I flinch at the thought
that my life is too open. I think I must
be a fool for speaking out and wonder
if people think I like attention and this
is another way to get it.
I wonder if my mental health issues
should have remained a lie until the
fullness of pretence brought me into a
secure relationship. But not me. No
sah! I have to be a maverick always
rushing to confess that sometimes I m
served shaken and stirred.
I started out this journey hoping that
somehow I d "weave together a deli-
cious band of my own misfits" but this
country is really silent. People are not
risking their career, reputation or family
for the cause of mental illness.
And that s okay. There was a time
when cancer was a curse, HIV/Aids
was an indictment, diabetes was a death
sentence, autism was retardation, and
I could go on.
Moruga s backwardness, which has,
at times, mocked me and trivialised
my return here, increased my wonder-
ment these past months. Being differ-
ent, living on the fringes, is hell where
ignorance is bliss. You d never realise
the private anguish I endure waiting
for the day.
Then, just as my bewilderment was
turning to despair, my primary school
teacher, my hero, Benedict John, wrote
"Happy New Year," he begins.
"I read your article on Old Year s Day
and to steal a line directly from the
article I have goose bumps with pride
and joy. The article was deep, sincere,
and open, also intellectually stimulating.
You gave a succinct and accurate analy-
sis of life in Moruga. Only one who
lived it will truly comprehend what you
"I was tempted to say that it takes
A list of wonderment and other tales
CAROLINE C RAVELLO
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, left, who won the Academy awards for Best
Director and Best Picture for the film Birdman, shares a light moment with
actress Emma Stone who starred in the movie and was nominated for Best
Supporting Actress, backstage at the Oscars on Sunday night at the Dolby
Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. AP PHOTO
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