Monday, 10 September 2012

My Olympic Experience – On the Cusp of Being Discovered

I’ve always been proud to be a Trinbagonian. Wherever I travelled, it filled me with pride to say that I hailed from this beautiful twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. But, I must say, at the London 2012 Olympics, my pride soared within me, and filled me with a sense of patriotism that was so passionate I wanted to share it with the world. And in a way, my family and I did just that. 

There I am on the far right. See the little girl holding the flag and
the man behind her? They were one of the many who asked
for pictures with us! 

Monday, 4 June 2012

A Lesson in Appreciation

Shock…denial…and then complete numbness. That’s how I felt when I found out that one of my teachers at school had passed away last October. I felt shock because she had taught me the day before, on Friday, and she seemed fine. I couldn’t come to terms with the fact that she was teaching me one day and gone the next. How was it possible, I asked myself, for someone to cease to exist so suddenly and unexpectedly? Who would’ve thought? Then I felt denial because I kept thinking: My teacher? Dead? No! Then I was at the point where I had neither accepted nor denied the fact that she was dead. That’s where the numbness came in. As my teacher, she was a part of my everyday life. Not once did I stop to think: ‘I wonder how Miss is doing today?’ And that brings me to an important lesson: Appreciation.