Grandma McLean just wants a roof over her head for Christmas

Published: Wednesday | November 21, 2012 Comments 0
An old woman whose house was flattened by Hurricane Sandy in St Thomas.
An old woman whose house was flattened by Hurricane Sandy in St Thomas.


Four weeks after the passage of Hurricane Sandy, Grandma McLean was still all smiles labouring over her bath pan of clothes.

Sitting under her favourite shady tree in front of the pile of rubble that was once her home in Greenwall, St Thomas, yesterday morning, 79-year-old Hazel McLean's only wish for Christmas was a roof over her head.

"Sun come bun me, rain come wet me, me just want me house," she chanted.

"You remember that old time tune?" she asked The Gleaner team with a big grin.

"Me just want back me house. Me we eat piece a bone and drink cornmeal porridge fi Christmas. Me just want a roof over me head. If me get one room me quite alright."

Hurricane Sandy had completely demolished the house Grandma McLean had lived in for more than 50 years, leaving only the foundation on which it once stood. Her crop of cassava, banana and sorrel were also extensively damaged.

She said several persons had come to examine the destruction and promises were made, but she was yet to receive any assistance.

But, as usual, she was in high spirits.

"Better me happy. It don't mek sense me sit here and fret. Me talk in church that me house blow down, but I'm the happiest person as long as I have something to eat," she shared.

For now, the widow continues to sing her tune, wash her clothes and pray that Christmas will not catch her still 'cotching' with her granddaughter.

anastasia.cunningham@gleanerjm.com

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