Senora Habana

April 11, 2017

Senora HabanaSenora HabanaThe "Mother of the city of Havana"-that's influence for you in her faith. The lady,my friend, posed for me for free because ,possibly, she "saw" that I was not one of much means. But I want to suggest that she embodies ,even though she is now a senior citizen, the essence of Caribbean Beauty, Charm, Femininity,Glamour,Style and Womanhood. There is no real "falsehood" in her demeanor. What you see is "she"-no apparent hypocrasy as you may see in others with their adornment. So from looking you are not mistaken. This is someone, I could supggest, who when she says something or offers advice you can safely say that she is speaking with a measure of experience. As Cubans and other Latin Americans may say "candela". In other Caribbean countries speaking my "twang" or the "English diralect" we say "yuh bright"-the inteligence of the street.

I am using this image symbolically on many fronts. You see I believe most people go through life consciously pursuing HAPPINESS but  really they are pursuing MEANING because when you  discover your purpose(meaning) here on this planet  an extra "energy" just flows-you don't know where it  comes from and most times it  surprises you immensely. This might be what  people like Abraham Maslow   wrote about in his "needs theory" as higher order needs.

Photography has done this for me. So,  although I have retired from an organization that I worked at for more that 20 years, I now ask myself regularly what was I really doing  all the time before. Now I never feel displeased or disheartened  to get off my bed. In fact if  my bed  could talk it might be asking me  to spend some more time on it.

In addition Divine Providence have led me to  visit places like  Cuba from the late 90's.  And there I gain reference and solace because I never spend my vacations at home.  I now find insights  for my new life path when I travel.

I should point out that this lady(although helping people find their path may be part of her profession) had nothing to do with all that I have said before because this was a chance meeting.

The first time I walked the streets of Old Havana was in 1999 or 2000 when I did the city tour as a tourist. This visit was done in November 2015 when I took Cuban local taxis and paid like a Cuban and walk several miles on my own.

But the lady, now my friend , posed for me for free because ,possibly, she "saw" that I was not one of much means.

But the real reason her photo is used here is because she reminded me of my two main female ancestors.  She also represents the true essence of Caribbean Beauty, Charm, Femininity,Glamour,Style and Womanhood,through time. There is no real "falsehood" in her demeanor. What you see is "She"-no apparent hypocrisy as you may see in others with their religious adornment.  So from looking at her you are not mistaken. This is someone, in my opinion, who when she says something or offers advice you can safely say that she is speaking with a measure of experience. As Cubans and other Latin Americans may say "Candela". In other Caribbean countries speaking my "twang" or the "English dialect" we use the phrase "Yuh bright"-the intelligence of the street.

What she also made me remember was the fact that the first unadulterated feminist I really knew was my grand mother.

p.s. You see how memory is  an instrument of convenience or maybe in my case forgetting  is a sign of old age. This  lady is the embodiment of my aunt my father's sister who did similar work like this lady in the more respected African religion in my country-The Spiritual Baptist. And in a respectable suburbs of Port of Spain-That's the true connection because in more ways than one-the memory of my aunt  is returning-she died when I was teenager.

To conclude then I want to suggest that people in the Caribbean don't know how RICH there heritage is.

And funny thing is that they don't have to go any place outside of the Caribbean to reconnect or discover the meaning of there lives. All our people have to do is to just start LOOKING INWARD-we will surely gain more confidence and identity.

That was the great Bob Marley's mistake in his reconfiguration of his life and the lives of the people around him. He should have asked me,nah I could not help at the time,maybe one of my ancestors. They would have told him "stay close to the Blue Mountains" not to the African continent. Where do you think  he was infused with his gift? right there in Jamaica. Now let me be a bit facetious  and a bit like one of the names my mother  gave me-very simplistic. I  am building a house in my country, lets say Trinidad, and I am now starting so I am putting down my foundation. If I decided to go to some part of Africa to put it down- you think my house in Trinidad go be strong. Maybe that's what the great  warrior we are celebrating this week called  a "shifting sand" foundation.

I prefer to stop there.