2.04.2010

The Garden Of Eden in Black Point Bahamas

The Garden Of Eden in Black Point Bahamas
Have you ever met someone and when you left their presence you felt as if you just received a gift, a blessing? Well… today I met one of those people, his name… Willie Rolle. When we initially arrived at Black Point, Bahamas our first stop was at a bar/restaurant named Scorpion. While there we inquired to what areas in town a traveler may visit to learn more about the local culture. Immediately, the fellow behind the bar responded that we needed to go to see the Garden of Eden. When we questioned as to what exactly the Garden of Eden was, the guy behind the bar replied with a wide toothy grin, “You go see for ya selves”. Naturally that raised the curiosity level up a few notches. So off we headed, up the street and around the corner to find the Garden of Eden in Black Point, Bahamas. Following a little walk we came upon what appeared to be a garden gone wrong. As we stood in front of this site I thought to myself this cannot be the Garden of Eden!! The yard was full of dead pieces of wood that appeared to be scattered haphazardly about. What a tourist trap this is was my next thought! I looked at the Captain with a look of bewilderment! His response….”Ahh come on let’s at least go look around since we have already walked the walk.” Off we went wandering our way through this chaotic pile of rocks and driftwood. Just a few feet into the garden we notice a man standing by the front door of a house. We made steps towards him to ask permission to continue to walk the property. He gives a big excited smile and replies with a broken, slurred English, “Let me give you a tour!” He introduces himself as he puts his hand out, “Hi my name is Willie, Willie Rolle, pleasure to meet you and welcome to my garden!” He had a affectionate welcoming air about him.. practically innocent and childlike. I felt as if I had known him for years. It was a strange presence that I cannot begin to explain in words. Willie took us by every one of his creations and explained each section to us. Every now and then he would let out a hardy chuckle as he explained the works of art. Each piece of driftwood, each rock was picked up and arranged by Willie. Some you had to really stimulate your imagination but through Willie’s eyes we saw the Garden of Eden art exhibit, art sent from nature! With a modest amount of imagination and with the help of Willie we saw ballerinas dancing, penguins, crocodiles, birds, lions and even George Washington. It was amazing! As we approached the end of the exhibited we noticed trees and plants growing out of the center of rocks! The Captain and I couldn’t believe what our eyes were seeing. Before us was a true garden there were fruits and veggies growing as far as you could see. There were bananas, kiwi, tomatoes, mangos, aloe vera, potatoes, corn.. the list goes on and on. Willie reached up into the tree with a grandiose smile and plucked a tamarind from his tree. He thoughtfully handed one to us so we could sample it. It tasted delicious. The most marvelous part was that these trees and plants were not just growing but they were prosperous and thriving!! Growing in small sections of rock with scant amounts of dirt!! Willie told us he had worked on his garden for 30 years. The only thing that he and his family purchase from the store is rice, lard and sugar! He is self sufficient and very happy.

Moral of the story… Don’t ever pass judgments on first impressions only… when you do you risk missing a wonderful blessing and meeting possibly an angel or at least a very special human being!!
Peace and joyous hearts to all ......

PS..VERY SLOW WI FI... WILL POST MORE PICS AND BLOGS WHEN WE ARRIVE @ GEORGETOWN

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don and Lana,
Pam and I have been following your blog and learning from it as well. So thanks a bunch! We noticed that you're getting philosophical in a 'stop-and-smell-the-roses' kind of way. It's the kind of spirit that you can only get when you have the luxury of not having a 'job'. Not that you don't have work to do. But you now you bear the responsibilty of entertaining us wage-slaves. So keep posting. It's great motivation for us. We look forward to each posting!
Chris and Pam

Carol said...

I love your story! I can picture it in my head and it sounds wonderful! I am looking forward to many, many more of these stories!

Carol said...

I love your story! I can picture it in my head and it sounds wonderful! I am looking forward to many, many more of these stories!