Regular and heavy rainfall is wreaking havoc on the roads of Barbados. While this is occurring, breathtaking scenes of green are being created in areas that have not yet become concrete jungles.
If you live in urban Barbados, you are probably missing this relentless pursuit to turn Barbados completely green.
Even though gas is expensive these days, you should invest in trip to the country one weekend. The roads might be bad but the beauty of the countryside more than makes up for it and you will be rejuvenated for the daily grind of the coming week.
There is an increase in mosquitoes and the overgrowth have reduce some roads to one lane, but Gardeners, Landscapers, Weed Wacker sales and rentals should be doing better and any increase in economic activity is appreciated by the Government, even if the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance lament that many people are failing to file tax returns.
It is sad that in the midst of all this beauty, some Bajans will only see the overgrowth as a perfect spot to dump their garbage. Perhaps the Sanitation Authority trucks do not pass near their residences and throwing it out the window, as they drive on some deserted road in the country, ensures that it is collected by any SSA truck on its way to collect the neighbours’ garbage. Perhaps there is a “Sousy” living in the neighbourhood. It would not do to have her searching the garbage and then broadcasting all over the place that, judging from the number of empty cans, everyday is “hurricane season” at their castle.
People like that are too be pitied. Too often their idea of beauty is the grandiose concrete monstrosity dominating the neighbourhood. It is the deprecating pile of imported junk parked in their driveway.
Even as we acknowledge their presence in our midst, let us admit that most Bajans are not like that and do admire and respect the environment.