By Angel Nuñez
I think I can say, and with pride, that I am from the old school. This old school built me as I am and I am quite proud of it. Though I can accept the new school, I still do have my preferences as it happened or existed Years Ago in San Pedro.
My curfew was the setting sun and the first shadows of the night. I did not have to wait for any siren to be blown to head home in a rush.
I played outside on the streets or beach with my friends, not online. The only game that I played on line or rather with a line was the telephone with a line between two tin cans.
If I did not eat what my mom had cooked that day, I just did not eat. At home we had a menu of two: TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. Besides, there were no restaurants where I could go to if I did not like mom’s food.
Hand sanitizer did not exist, but you could get your mouth washed out with soap.
I did not ride a bike until I was twelve years old and went to the city to attend high school. And when I did ride a bike in San Pedro I did not have to have a light, or bell, or brakes. Sometimes we would ride without a rubber tyre around the rim of the wheel.
Today we can google. In my childhood we could only gargle. You had a sore throat, you gargle warm water with some salt.
How do you react today at the sight of a mouse? In the past some people climbed up on a chair or rushed towards it with a stick and tied to kill it.
I grew to become very patient. It took us four to six hours to get to Belize City by boat. Today we complain if the airplane is ten minutes late.
I am not comfortable paying big money for water. I was raised drinking water from a well.
Today I am expected to take a quick shower. I was raised pouring bucket after bucket of well water over my head and the more I poured, the better it was for it was a form of cleaning up the well.
Finally for this week, my mom didn’t call my cell; she simply yelled, “Time to come In”.
25 Years Ago Books Can Be Purchased At:
-Ambergris Today -Lala’s Store -Pampered Paws -San Pedro BTB Office -Aquarius Salon (Kim) -S.P. Town Library -Di Bush –Richie’s Stationery -San Pedrano’s Stationery -Rum, Coffee & Cigar House
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