For the love of my parents:
Wila and Linda.
This is not an ode to the lives of two people who have left this earth, nor is it a story about the lives of two ordinary people.
This is about two phenomenal people whose lives were worth living and whose lives are worth knowing about today and always.
The fact that they were my parents and shall remain so ad infintum, is not coincidental, but that perhaps is a story for another philosophical day.
My parents worked hard, in an era when working hard meant something, and paid off.
My parents enjoyed life, in a time when enjoyment had to be inclusive of your children, family and friends.
My parents were brilliant academicians, in an age when you didn't ask yourself : "What am i passionate about?" and then go and pursue it. It was an age of opportunity and education and in their case scholarships which moved them from poverty to a far more prosperous life.
They were lawyers who loved the word and through the knowledge of the word they were able to hold great debates, talk like orators and write speeches for Presidents and also deliver them as Presidents.
They played hard, but not the kind of playing that involved technology, video games and apple gadgets. It was the playing of great minds and with their hands which enabled them to create beautiful gardens, to find unique sculptures and to showcase unknown artists from Africa.
They traveled the world and made sure that their children traveled with them to create memories for an eternity.
Wila and Linda laughed and drank and ate at the best restaurants of the world and made sure their children appreciated quality.
Wila and Linda took their daughters to the the best art galleries, museums and cathedrals, and engaged in conversation with Chitupa and Chomba.
Wila and Linda interacted in the same manner with Kings and Queens as they did with gardeners and maids.
This is not about two ordinary people.
My parents were givers.
They gave of their time, knowledge, wealth and love.
My parents were pioneers.
They broke boundaries and surpassed expectations.
My parents were solid.
Reputation, integrity and a search for their truth was what they lived by.
This platform is one of many platforms dedicated to them, and this is really a gift from them to their family, grandchildren, friends and people who knew them and now new people who shall get to know them and be greatly inspired by their life.
Some of my parents favorites:
(And in no particular order)
Daughters: Chitupa and Chomba
Grandaughters: Monique, Raquel, Jordan, Maya and Clarissa
Their Kabulonga home
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Inns of Court
Art & Paintings & Antiques
Books,books and books
Uncle Paul and aunty Christine
Cajun Fish - Poy Boy style
The French Quarters, Louisiana
The Hampstead flat
Jaques and Partners
Capital Bank - now Cavmont
Mom and Pops
Waldorf and Astoria, NY
Trinidad and Tobago
Oxtail, before becoming Vegetarians
Fortum & Mason afternoon tea
George V - Avenue George V, Paris
Uncle Linzie Jordan
Family, friends and joie d'esprit