08 October 2012

I Believe

Whilst in a Monday meeting with my coworkers at the NSTP,  we were discussing the upcoming graduation ceremony for the A Ganar graduates.  I pointed out that I would be busy that Saturday volunteering at the 3rd Annual 5K Run for the St. Christopher Children's Home, and wouldn't be able to make it to the graduation.  And when the theme "I Believe; I Can Achieve" was discussed, I was inspired to contribute a poem in lieu of attending.  So I spent the time in the meeting composing the following poem; it was all done in about an hour's time.

My friends, my mentors, they encourage me;
My parents, my teachers, they want to see
The best come through in all I do
And show the world that I, for true,
Am worth the sacrifices they’ve made.  For
This I believe; I can achieve more
When I study those that want me to succeed.

The finish line looks far away,
But I’m being careful not to stray
From the path that takes me to the top.
Until I reach, I nah gon’ stop.
Some may doubt, but in my soul,
I believe; I can achieve the goal
That I have placed before myself.

In school, I’d fight and sweat and strive –
But thanks to A GANAR, I thrive
On the knowledge that I can do my part
To forge myself a brand-new start
Preparing myself for life’s big test.
I believe; I can achieve my best
By taking seriously the chances I’ve been blessed with.

I may not grow up to be rich,
My clothes may wear at every stitch,
But I know that yet still more import
Is found in whether I’m the sort
Of person the highest riches affords.
I believe; I can achieve rewards
In heaven and earth by doing my best every day.

I was favored with the attendance of over 50 friends, neighbors, and fellow volunteers at my 'Thanks and Goodbye' party on the evening of Friday the 28th.  Waking up at 6:00AM to start the cooking and going all the way through until guests began arriving around 5:30 that afternoon, I was almost completely spent even before the fun began.  But with the help of my good friend who showed me the ropes in preparing each of the local dishes on the menu (i.e. Cookup, Ginger Wings, Breadfruit Salad, Macaroni Pie) we got through it and was able to serve everyone who showed up looking for some good food and a good lime.  The Peace Corps and my work office were both well represented, and plenty of other friends and neighbors showed up and stayed until 10:00 that evening, just as the Tiki torches began to die out.  It was a success in the eyes of all the guests, and I took the rest of the weekend to recover.

I have but 10 days remaining in the Caribbean.  Some things left on my last minute to-do list are getting wrapped up presently: I went by Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor and purchased the portrait batik of a SK rum shop that will hang in my office, whenever and wherever I have one.  I submitted my health insurance application today, a small benefit when returning home after two years abroad.  Additionally, I was able to negotiate a discounted rate at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course in Frigate Bay, and hope to take advantage of it this Thursday.  Aside from those three things, I'll have the first half of next week to complete any remaining trivial things before catching my flight back next Thursday the 18th. 

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