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The Christmas Barrel

12/14/05

Permalink 06:08:10 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

The Christmas Barrel

Many Jamaican Children have close family members example mothers and fathers living overseas. One of the highlights of the Christmas holidays for most of these children is the goodies that come for them, usually by barrels. During the year money is sent to the mothers, grandmothers or caregiver for their everyday needs.
Christmas however is when they expect all the things they have been dreaming of all year long. These usually include name brand clothes and shoes, the latest toys or gadgets being advertised on cable television.

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There was a time when transportation was simple. Unfortunately things and times have changed. Especially since 9:11. Shipping has also suffered immensely. First time you could pack your barrel at one end, take it to the shippers and many times it was not opened again until the recipient got it. Not so anymore. Now a days from the time it’s packed to the time it’s delivered it would have been searched several times. So you have nothing to hind, search away. But wait now a days every other thing is banded. From the basic food stuff to some of the toys.
Another problem with the Christmas Barrel is the time factor from one place to the other. Unfortunately many Jamaicans are very laid back with a soon come attitude which they take with them where ever they go. Most things are done ‘last minute‘. With the volume of shipments being done at this time of the year and the now lengthy shipping process it’s important that these barrels are sent early if they are to make it in time for Christmas.
It’s very sad the way the world is turning. Everyday more and more guns, ammunitions, drugs and other illegal cargo are being found coming into our island. Because of a few bad apples everyone must now face the consequences. Searches are more intense at the ports and duties are much heavier.
The children are still looking forward to the Christmas barrels and why not, after all it is Christmas. If you haven’t sent yours as yet you might have to airfreight at this time. Not that the process is much different but the transportation time might be less.
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SISTER MARGARET MARY, WHO WORKS FOR A LOCAL HOME HEALTH AGENCY WAS OUT MAKING HER ROUNDS WHEN SHE RAN OUT OF GAS.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT A GAS STATION WAS JUST A BLOCK AWAY.

SHE WALKED TO THE STATION TO BORROW A CAN OF GAS TO START & THEN DRIVE TO THE STATION FOR A FILL UP.

THE ATTENDANT REGRETFULLY TOLD HER THE ONLY GAS CAN HE OWNED HAD BEEN LOANED OUT BUT IF SHE WOULD WAIT, IT WAS SURE TO BE BACK SHORTLY.

SINCE THE NUN ! WAS ON THE WAY TO SEE A PATIENT SHE DECIDED NOT TO WAIT & SHE WALKED BACK TO THE CAR. AFTER LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO FILL WITH GAS, SHE SPOTTED A BEDPAN SHE WAS TAKING TO THE PATIENT.

ALWAYS RESOURCEFUL, SHE CARRIED IT TO THE STATION & FILLED IT WITH GASOLINE, & CARRIED IT TO HER CAR.

AS SHE WAS POURING THE GAS INTO THE TANK, TWO MEN WERE WATCHING FROM ACROSS THE STREET. ONE OF THEM TURNED TO THE OTHER & SAID, "IF IT STARTS, I'M TURNING CATHOLIC".

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