Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Crimson

The rain turn the whole world lugubrious yesterday. Long, grey water falling from a gloomy sky, blot out colour, even them green trees look grey yesterday, dammit.

After the heavy shower ease off into dots, we went to the fruits ‘n’ veggie market, Bourda market.

Ohh, how the town look dinghy...clumps of litter here and there, soggy and sad in the grass parapet. Old mud churn up and mix up with rain and make gooey puddles.

I grump to myself, to market and back, about the nastiness of people, why can't they try, even TRY to make the place look pretty.

They think that the countries Abroad get beautiful by themselves, and they worship the grace of places Abroad, grumble, mumble, when they gon understand that is we the people who make the loveliness or the ugliness of a place? Grumble, mumble, all the way home.

The grey rain tumble down again. Through we gate, sitting in the car, scrambling for umbrella, got to go open the gate, I see a crimson hibiscus in a plant pot.

How strange, I think. Only jasmine grow there.

“Look a hibiscus in the plant pot there by the gate,” I say to my mother.

She say, “Nah, is them petals from the tree above that fall in the pot.”

I open the gate and look.

A small plant bearing a huge, crimson hibiscus plunk down there amongst them leaves, in the jasmine pot. The flower look like royalty, plush and velvety with the deepest crimson petals and a dark stamen with a yellow-gold crown.

A white plastic label been hanging around the stem, the label of a plant nursery.

Right away I know. Eastern European woman-friend, married to we Guyanese friend. Bet they been to a plant nursery, buy the crimson hibiscus for my mother and drop it off on they way home, hide it as a surprise. [When my mother phone them that is exactly what did happen.]

I pick up the plant, show it to my mother. She face light up, look like she feeling the same as me when I discover the flower. I put it in a safe place, later we gon plant it.

On and off, for the rest of yesterday, a cliché chant run through me head. Perform random acts of kindness. Then, in the foolish way my brain can twist and loop and change things to sound silly, it become perform crimson acts of beauty.

74 comments:

Anna said...

Something tells me that you've been performing crimson acts of beauty of your own for a long time : )

Heimdallr said...

That was lovely GG. Funny how one small thing of beauty or a kindness, like your crimson petals or even 'you look great' when you're feeling rough, can brighten the gloomiest of days like sun from behind a cloud.
Sandy

mig bardsley said...

Oh that's nice.
Sometimes those small bright things, in the middle of a big gloom, are the best.

Ria said...

Just reading Diana Athill on editing Naipaul (Granta 69) and thought of you.

Very touching insights into his early writing. I'm sure you'd enjoy it too, GG.

Hayden said...

ahhh, lovely. crimson acts of beauty. this will stay with me. Crimson is always beauty....

DaveM said...

Nice post, theres a lot of pleasure in giving.
Georgetown is probably no different to many other places when it comes to litter.

DaveM said...

How did the carpenter man get on with Mr Charran?

Quick said...

GG, you sometimes make me feel guilty for not focusing more on things like beauty, kindness and crimson.

A lovely, poetic post.

The 4th Sister said...

My Sister Patsy has a birthday today. She reads your Blog daily. Give her a shout to let her know she is old today! : ) http://pattypenny.blogspot.com/

Mary said...

I really like that...perform crimson acts of beauty. Inspiring.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Thanks Mary. But I thought I was being so silllly as usual :-)

Done, 4th sister. Her blog reminds me of childhood books.

Me too, Quick, me too, guilt, guilt. My mother does kind & beautiful things daily, grrr. This post is a reminder to myself.

True, Dave, but I want zero litter, bleah. We haven't heard a cheep from the carpenterman. We will, one day, haha

Hayden, I hope it stays with me when I start to grumble :-D

Thanks, Ria, I'm a fan of Naipaul, I must find that one...some say Naipaul's cynical, I guess he is, but...

Hi Mig, it really was the best on gloomy Monday.

Thanks for reminding me, Sandy, yes, just telling someone they look great is one o' those acts.

Anna, sometimes I get so caught up in my own little world, and forget, so I was reminding myself again.

PI said...

You are a poet. Do you write poetry?
It used to distress me in Greece - which I love - that they are careless with their litter.
Years ago my no 1 son gave me a small plant pot with jasmine in it. Greatly daring I eventually planteed it by the house and now it is as high as the house, blooms voraciously and has to be cut back every year. I think as long as it blooms he loves his mother.

DCveR said...

A surprise present without a special event to call for it? Humm... that means love, that means real friends. That's beautiful! :D

patsy said...

Glad for your visit on my blog. I read yours ever day, your world and mine are so different. you are a very talented lady. patsy poor usa

Robin said...

The hibiscus brought you and your mother much pleasure but the giver no doubt got even more, it is always so, if only more people could discover this the world would be so much better.

BTW, didn't get my little house in the pretty town to the west but I got a flat/apartment (not sure what terminology you use in Guyana, Brit or US), nearly as good and with a garden and great views, moving soon :0).

Modern Viking said...

Sounds like the crimson cured the grumbles a little bit ;)

cadiz12 said...

nothing like a splash of color in an otherwise dreary day.

i love that word, lugubrious. i'm going to try and use it today. :)

Mad Bull said...

>> Perform random acts of kindness.

What an excellent idea! I will have to see if I can think up something like that to do...

cream said...

Hey, Gigi! Tell your mother to put the plant on the Tee Vee and then she'll be able to look at it when the news is not so good!

Sunrayz said...

How true GG! It is random acts of kindness that helps me make some sense of the mad world we live in :)

Stunner said...

I can imagine how nice the flowers must have looked. You should have had a camera to snap it.

Ordinary Janet said...

That's lovely! I love hearing about random acts of kindness.

kfm said...

is true....those random acts of kindess goes a loooong way....one day i feeling lil bleah at the office and next ting i know, a friend of mine come to work an she brought me pink an yellow roses, cause she saw them an she knows how much i love roses..she bought me a whooole big bunch...an one of the guys took a couple from the bunch to take to take to his girlfriend...hahaha...

but is true, those random acts of kindness stay with you for a life time....

Dr. D. said...

Yep GG. Flowers nice. folks always like them.

As for the litter....we have a big problem with that here too!

Caroline said...

Preform Cromsings axis of symmetry?

Ale said...

my grandma always tells me to wear crimson lipstic... i always thought that she wanted me to be more vulgar... but now i understand she wanted me to stand out and be happy and pretty even on the subway next to ugly people..

GG, every Guyana story you write can be applied - seriously - this really needs to be out there on a big scale. but you know this we all tell you all the time---

Reluctant Nomad said...

Crimson is such a lovely word! Crimson acts of beauty such a lovely term!

Since you grow hibiscus there, I bet you grow poinsettias too? And what about oleanders?

bakannal time said...

GG, every post from u touches me in some way. ur a talented writer luv. keep on stroking my soul.

R2K said...

I love summer rains.

shels said...

Hiya GG: Every time I read your stories they are drawing me a little closer to "home". Hoping one day you'll get your stories/book published more so for us expatriate to share with upcoming generations. Love hisbiscus flowers, always had a difficult time growing the double ones though.

Alisa said...

Went looking for information on Guyana, have made a new friend on icq from there so wanted to learn about your country. Found your blog. I love the way you write. I will be back.

Katy Newton said...

It's raining here as well, but I quite like it. The trees have just shed their blossom and they look intensely green in the rain. It's all good.

hobbes said...

It's been raining here since yesterday... I'm going out to look for crimson.

Scratchie said...

Something so small can make a whole day different...nuh true?

Theblonde said...

Y'see? What goes around comes around! Random acts of kindness.

Heimdallr said...

Hope all is well GG :) You been silent sooo long ...
Sandy

Hayden said...

GG? You ok my friend? hope its just trouble w/ power or getting online...
miss you.

Analis said...

For all de Guyana Gyal fans out there...Ms. GG ask me to tell you all that she is fine...right as RAIN (i guess) and she gon be back on line Wednesday (or there abouts) doing what she duz do best.

larry h. said...

Just checking in, sweetie. Good to know you'll be back on Wednesday. This blog was a bit too silent for comfort for awhile. See you back in the blogosphere, my good woman.

Robin said...

Oh good, (I was worried too)

The Boy said...

My Mum always said that if every person did one random act of kindness a day, the world would be a different place. Its a philosophy to live by, though not always easy...

Love the blog, been lurking for a while.

PI said...

Now GG, are you watching too much TV? Naughty girl! Missing you.

Icylyrics said...

Printing this one out to read by the window tonight. Hope all is well with you GG.

Love and Hugs

Icy

cream said...

Hey, Gigi?
Are you searching for the remote control?
It's on top of the TeeVee, girl!

Mad Bull said...

GG, everything alright? Even if you busy, or if you down in the dumps or something, just drop a one line post to let us know that you are just taking a break nuh? You see, from your writing, I have drawn the impression that you love blogging, so when I don't see you posting for so long, well, I get worried! :-(

bakannal time said...

GG! where art thou? hav u gon da way of da missin AK-47s? I hope it's all good wit u luv.

Ordinary Janet said...

Wherefore art thou, GG? Hope all is well!

Ri said...

Wet day, but nice surprise waiting at home..

kfm said...

jus a shout out to u all..Guyana-Gyal's pooter is in the shop getting all fixed up..spoke to her this morning and she is doing good. As soon as the computer is fixed, she will be back..take care yall

Ria said...

I can just imagine the raging post she's composed about the tribulations of getting a computer fixed in Guyana.

PI said...

Oh good. I told myself that was what it would be.
Thanks kfm. I do sympathise GG. Its a b----r!

DaveM said...

Thanks kfm there were a few people who were wondering whats happened. Its amazing how much you miss the damn things when they break down. Lets hope she's back on line soon.

amba said...

thanks kfm, was wondering where gg is. glad its just a computer problem..

bakannal time said...

phew! damn computers!

Robin said...

Thanks kfm, we were all getting worried I think, like ria says, a fire spitting post to come no doubt!

Reluctant Nomad said...

I was beginning to wonder/worry too! Thanks, kfm.

Ordinary Janet said...

Good to know it's just a PC problem! Hope it gets fixed real soon!

Quick said...

So cool that everyone has been wondering what GG's absence is about. Very cool indeed.

cream said...

That's a relief! Thanks KFM...

Caribbean Colors said...

We miss you GG!

larry h. said...

Came by to see what's on the up and up. Got a bit worried, but was relieved to hear it was computer problem. Hope those chaps aren't toying with your PC, luv. Come back. Quickly. See you around, luv.

bakannal time said...

this is like the 10th time i'v checked for the day. lol.

Ale said...

THAT's what i'm talking about, sending the word to the blogbuddies! makes me think we really should put a special emergency system into place!

kfm said...

Hi again everyone,

Just called Guyana, Gyal, is doing great,but sorry to say, G.G's computer is still in the shop. :(
As soon as its fixed she will be writing again....says to say hi to everyone, thanks for asking, she misses all of you and to say a little prayer so the pootah gets fixed quickly.

Take care all

andre said...

I am very tempted to send you my laptop ...

Robin said...

Many of us offered to chip in for a shiny new pooter for GG last time it played up, for my part the offer still stands if it's beyond salvation. This is of course a purely selfish act, I miss her sunshine and colour..and humour....and whit.

Anna said...

my guess is that the television ate the computer!

Modern Viking said...

Miss ya Gyal! Can't wait to hear all the stories from the past few weeks! I hope you're taking notes ;)

Mad Bull said...

Well at least we know whats up... Will keep checking back to see when GG gets fired up again...

PI said...

Hi! Just checking.

Ordinary Janet said...

I'm checking every day and disappointed when I don't find a new post. Hope things get fixed really soon!

bakannal time said...

jus checkin in (sigh).

Theblonde said...

I remember that every little thing that needs fixing takes that much longer in the Caribbean, 'later' or 'tomorrow' being the frequent answer, Guyana must be the same. Oh well, 'I gone to come back'.

Yak40 said...

So how's Georgetown in 2006 ?
I was last there in 1993 soon after the change of Gov't, staying at the old Park Hotel on Main street, what an atmosphere there, then went upcountry to Essequibo province.