So what has this year wrought? Recently, we (Youngest, NOS, BD and I) went to the newly beautified (and gentrified?) Batts Rock beach. Down the hill and to the right. On Barbados’ Gold Coast. Walked along the frequently police-patrolled tree lined beachy area from Batts Rock to almost Paradise Beach, bathed in the slightly rocky-bottomed ocean (bathed, not swam), and frolicked in the sun-kissed waves.
In January (yes, Gregorian calendar), BD & I joined the rest of the ladies group and a bevy of youngsters in the first activity for the group in 2017. Ice breakers and levity on the grassy flats behind the memorial stone pictured above. I saw the words just before I departed before the close of the event – and learnt some more history. It was a timely reminder of a verse my late father frequently quoted:
“Naught is the life of the world save a pastime and a spot. Better far is the abode of the Hereafter for those who keep their duty (to Allah). Have ye then no sense?“
Surah 6 Ayah 32, Al-Qur’an