Easy like Sunday morning - Whitehouse resident enjoys calm thanks to state of emergency
Westmoreland resident Garnett Smith, who has lived close to the beach for years, believes he has one of the best places to call home.
The 68-year-old has been living in the Whitehouse community for more than 40 years. He is literally a stone's throw away from the sea.
"Sometimes when you listen to the sea, it makes you think that you are enjoying life," the retiree said.
He told THE WESTERN STAR that the sea brings peace to his life and he believes that he is not the only one who enjoys living in proximity to the sea.
His neighbour, who did not want to be named, said living so close to the beach is one of the best things in life, and he is sad for persons who cannot enjoy such small pleasures.
"A the best thing to live yah so, man. The breeze just nice and all like how the place so hot yah now, when sea breeze a blow, you nice," he said.
"All when things rough, it (the sea) gives you a sense of calmness. It makes you want to forget everything and just enjoy the moment. When you come out in the morning and you see the waves, you feel good."
The former electrician said, too, that there is an advantage to living close to where the fishermen come after securing their catch.
"When the boat them come in, you get any amount of fish you want. You get them fresh and nice," he said.
Meanwhile, Smith said that he has to give thanks for the state of public emergency that was implemented in Westmoreland earlier this year.
He said that since the arrival of the security forces, the Whitehouse community has been very quiet and calm. He wished that the soldiers would stay to maintain the peace.
"First time, I was scared to sit down on the verandah, but now me sit down and cock up mi foot pan the verandah a tek in sea breeze all 9, 10 o'clock," he said.
"They (the soldiers) tour the communities from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and they go all around. No one is to be on the street, and if you on the street and they see you, you have to say why you on the street. I hope that they don't move them because since them come, things nice."