I met Marie while walking down Dickenson Bay one afternoon. The encounter was a typical look at what I have to sell greeting. I indulged mainly due to her infectious smile and also because she really had some beautiful hand made jewelry in her basket.
Marie was born in Dominican Republic but grew up in Haiti. We dug up nostalgic stories of Jacmel between us. She moved to Antigua 29 years ago. Come July, she said, it will be 30 years. She now has a full life in Antigua with a home and a family consisting of 4 boys. They keep her young, she said, and happy.
“I like Antigua” she went on, “it’s quiet.”.
Antigua is quiet. Dickenson Bay, being voted one of the best beaches in the world, is still a quiet and relaxing place. Lined with hotels big and small, restaurants, and sunbathers, it is the ideal place to sit back. Our favorite time to be on this beach is in the evenings, which is the time that Marie normally comes to show her wares. During the day you can find her downtown St. John’s. “Shop number 55”, she shouted excitedly.
Marie’s mother taught her to make jewelry back in Haiti. This is her skill and her livelihood. Her Mother now lives in the States, but she is thankful for the skill that she was taught. It has given her a life in Antigua.
One of her favorite things to eat: fried crush plantain. I feel you there Marie, I love that too!
– UYC Contributor Shane Traille