Happy Children & Easter Hats in Barbados

Happy Children & Easter Hats in Barbados

My husband Greg called me yesterday afternoon around 3:00.  He had just turned into the Gap.  “Come downstairs right away,” he said urgently.  “Bring your camera.”

Barefoot, I ran downstairs and out into the street just in time to see a troop of children rounding St Lawrence Gap at the corner where Cafe Sol sits.  They walked hand in hand, a few adults shepherding them.  The girls were dressed in frilly dresses, Mary Jane shoes and ankle socks, and wore Easter bonnets.  The boys sported jaunty paper hats.

The moment I laid eyes on them, my heart was full of love for these precious children. I also felt that heartache-and-longing sort of love that moms with children long since grown know well when they’re reminded of such precious moments in their own kids’ lives.

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In Barbados, Easter is more than colored eggs (although it’s that, too).

Barbados is primarily Anglican, or Episcopalian, as it has been since the British claimed the island and built St James Parish Church in the 17th century for Britain’s monarch at the time, King James I.  Around 60 Anglican churches dot the island today.

Christianity co-exists peacefully here with over 100 other religious sects and denominations including Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Rastafarian.  (A fairly detailed list is here.) Religion is important here in a way I never witnessed in the States; please see Rainy’s comment on observing Easter.

Most schools here begin each day with prayer, long a point of contention in U.S. where debate on separation of church and state carries on. I remember prayer beginning my school day in the 1950s and very early 1960s, but not after.

I am charmed by the bells of St Lawrence Anglican Church, next door to us at the St Lawrence Beach Condominiums where Greg and I live. As an agent for holiday rentals in our building, I hope the charm of the ringing bells is not lost on our guests as they are awakened by them early each Tuesday and Sunday morning :)

Whatever religion each of us observes and whatever the reaction to the early morning bells, no one but no one can dispute the charm of the beautiful children proudly showing off their Easter best on St Lawrence Gap yesterday.

The beauty of a child in Barbados.

The beauty of a child celebrating Easter in Barbados.



6 Responses to “Happy Children & Easter Hats in Barbados”

  1. edie says:

    Hi B.F.F.
    What a wonderful picture to see the girls with their beautiful hats and dresses. I remember when I was a girl, Easter was special, because we got new summer shoes as well as a new outfit. It was okay to wear white shoes at Easter. usually they were white patent. Now our society has become very casual and there does not seem that need to get all dressed up for occasions like the past especially here in Canada. Traditions from our past are slowing fading away.
    Happy Easter
    cheers
    Edie

  2. Greg says:

    Poetically written, again! You’ve captured the moment wonderfully, I’d say. In an increasingly secular and cynical world, scenes like these can still touch us.

  3. Hi, Edie. Yes, I remember! Same in the States as in Canada.

    When I saw those children, I was taken back to around 1960 – I would have been 7 that year. Yep, like you, I got a new dress for Easter — and, yes, new shoes, too!

    When I wrote that blog post I realized that what I find so riveting about seeing Barbadians all dressed up on Sunday to go to church — and what so touched me about seeing the children yesterday — was that I was taken back nearly 50 years to my own childhood when life moved at a different pace and annual traditions, as you suggest, were such treasures for us children.

    Thanks for writing, Edie.

  4. Thank you, sweetheart. Those children were beautiful! It was so cool to see how special they felt .. such an important thing in a child’s life, to feel special.

  5. Rodney says:

    For me its a case of not seeing or indeed appreciating the forest for the trees. I’ve lived in Barbados most of my life and it takes a new lover (and resident) of our Island to remind us of what we take for granted all too often.
    Greg and Jane are to be so envied with their twice weekly morning church bells, the enchanting children in their Easter finery and what must be their spectacular panoramic coastal views from their patios and windows.

    Rodney

  6. Rodney Jones, the famous Barbadian horse trainer? I very much enjoyed your recent comments regarding Barbados’ history in our local paper. Thank you for reading my blog and making a comment.

    Yes, sometimes it takes a newcomer’s eyes to see things permanent residents long ago stopped seeing. Same thing happened to me in my home state of Colorado, which has more 14,000-foot peaks than any other state. On his first visit there, Greg just …. stared at the mountains; he couldn’t get over their beauty and their hugeness. One would think, “How could anyone not see a 14,000-foot peak?” But I had long ago stopped noticing ….

    The great thing about hearing a newcomer’s impressions is that we get to see anew the beauty about which they speak. And doesn’t the same thing happen when we are fortunate to see through a child’s eyes? We not only see anew, we feel anew. Those darling children reminded me of a time when dressing up and showing off something like a pretty hat made me feel spectacularly special.

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