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Discreetly observing the power of neighbourliness

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Discreetly observing others can be a great source of entertainment especially when there isn't enough money for the theatre.

It can also work as a stress reliever or a stress producer, depending on your viewpoint. This activity is a favourite pastime of many. They just go to the park or stand by the corner with a neighbour and create a play out of watching the behaviour of others. Wow, how economical and creative!

Here's my experience: It's Friday afternoon and I am sitting in my car outside an ice cream parlour. A female neighbour and her younger siblings are conversing a little distance away. She hugs one of them for no apparent reason and laughs as they walk towards the parlour. On their way back they are all licking ice cream as they laugh and chat. This scene is a beautiful depiction of love and harmony - like medicine for the troubled mind. My smiling heart is satisfied - if this scene could be replicated throughout Jamaica what a beautiful place this would be!

'Unequally yoked'

In this new scene, one of my young church sisters is entering the parlour with a gentleman who is clearly a 'worldian'. I wonder if they are in love? Will she be 'unequally yoked' with him? My wandering mind has crossed over into their future. How will this marriage affect her future and her faith? Well ... maybe what I should be doing is praying for them. It's not wise to jump to hasty conclusions! That's one of our biggest problems. The gentleman could very well be her brother or cousin ... or even her husband. Leave it alone!

For the scene coming up, I must turn my head to the other side - this lady doesn't have a clue about how to disembark a car decently. It's not funny! If she continues to pull down that short skirt as she walks with the young man towards the parlour, she'll pull it right off! My dear, pulling down that thing won't lengthen it. My neighbourly advice is that you lengthen that skirt by about two inches when you get home and that should be fine. In the meanwhile, nudge the gentleman beside you and tell him to pull up his pants.

Oh this is so disturbing! An elderly gentleman is sitting in his car and listening to loud, lewd music. Set an example as a big man, man! When adults behave like children, children's rights to become adults are cruelly violated!

Changing location, I bump into a young lady surrounded by a few neighbours who try to calm her down. Her child got hit by a hit-and run driver ... . Oh, Lord, help her I pray! In this scene, the spirit of neighbourliness has been activated. Neighbours are helping her to bear her pain - the child will be fine. The truth which unfolds here and must be told everywhere is that there is no human power greater than the power of neighbourliness. Enjoy the 'plays' and when it's time to be neighbourly, leave no stones unturned - a true essence of our existence of our existence.

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Opportunities to help

Neighbour, Trelawny, single mother of four needs a toilet bowl and clothing for six-month-old babe.

Neighbour, mother of six, needs financial assistance to help send them to school.

Sylvia, Clarendon, hard-working, ambitious daughter is about to be deregistered from university. $30,000 needed.

Ms Smith, asking for wheelchair and TV for brain-damaged son.

Mrs McDonald, Westmoreland, 78, needs a comfortable chair or settee.

Neighbour, Clarendon, lost everything to fire. Needs furniture.

Neighbour, senior citizen, asking for a blender.

Thanks for helping

1. Neighbour, St Andrew, for male and female clothing.

2. Mr Brady, St Catherine, for wheelchair and food items.

3. Mr Lewis, St Andrew for stove.

4. Carl & Tracy, St Andrew, for clothing.

5. Jean, St Andrew, for offering a TV to a neighbour.