This is a follow-up to the prior post. So if you have not read that, go there and I will wait......
The photo in the prior post was taken while touring Fort Charles a formerly British fort in Jamaica in Port Royal at the mouth of Kingston Bay. This fort was built in 1654 after the British routed the Spanish on this island. It is a minor tourist attraction mainly because it shows how an earthquake (actually two) can bury and twist buildings in the sand on a Caribbean Island.
I was there in 2011. What made me go looking for these photos was an article I read last week in The Guardian warning British citizens to be careful in touring Jamaica and to not leave their resort unless with a resort guide. It seems that crime, especially in the area of Montego Bay, has risen. Jamaica has always had a reputation for being an edgy place to tour. We were mildly uncomfortable there, but never felt we were in danger. We freely toured the small town where our resort was located and while there were EXTREMELY polite beggars, we never felt concerned. We also took a small tour to Kingston town and other areas on the island. That was the day I took the photos in this post.
OK, now back to my question on the photo of the school children. They are certainly neat and proper. Maybe middle school age? In America a middle school group of kids would not be this composed. Boys would be poking boys and girls would be giggling, maybe using cell phones if the teachers let them. American children might be too jaded to even look at a crowd of tourists, boring!
And, here is my take for what it is worth.
The girl on the far left is wondering if she would ever get to travel...to America perhaps. The girl in the middle is checking out the clothes of some of the American children that were part of a family tour. Maybe she will be a fashion designer someday. The girl on the right is downright curious about something one of the tourists is doing. Not sure, as I did not look behind me.
Clearly, the girl with her arms crossed is a ring-leader, and perhaps a future politician. Something significant is going on in her brain. I feel sorry for her mama. The girl in the middle is looking for an "in." There is always an angle to everything and she is wishing she had the freedom to enter the tourist crowd. The two larger girls on the right reveal all the sadness of poverty and isolation and lack of hope.
In the photo above, the angry one on the right is the one the world has to deal with. There is an opportunity here, and also a big chance to fail her. I would not want to cross her because she is making a list and checking it everyday.
Now we come to the boys. They have it a bit easier in this culture. The bulk of the workload and responsibility falls to the females in Jamaica. The two taller boys on the far left might be business leaders some day. They are evaluating and thinking outside the box and fearless in their evaluation of what they can accomplish. The boy on the far right is the clown and troublemaker. Maybe he can be a Bob Marley entertainer if he does not end up in jail. The short boy in the middle wants to be playing ball or cricket somewhere. Anywhere but this stupid tour.
Oh well, it is a different way to spend a winter afternoon and reminisce.