Top Lincoln

Top Lincoln is a district of Jamaica West Indies, it’s where I lived before coming to America. Top Lincoln is a mountain. It seperates the cities of Lucea and Grange hill. It is one of the harshest places I have lived; it’s also the best place i have lived. The best way to describe the Top is bushy. The smell of mango is in the air always.
This part of the region is very difficult to traverse. The roads are narrow. One car would have to position itself in such a way that the other could go first. It is dangerous because school kids walk on the sidewalkless roads. Many of the roads fall off into cliffs.
There is some running water. Sorry to say most people cannot shower every day. Electricity is unreliable, so some people have generators. Many people are in the dark at times.
All the animals were like mystical creatures to me; in a way they still are. All the dog’s seem to look alike. Drive or walk a little, and you may see a brokeback mule. Go a little farther and you will see a herd of beautiful, fat cows.
There is a lake that runs behind the house. The smell of the water always brings crawfish to mind. It runns down hill into a gully. I can remember taking baths there as a child. The water was chilly in the morning. In the noon time it was cool to the touch. I remember seeing my mother washing clothes, beating them on the rocks. It’s where my cousin tied a goat around my brother’s waist, and the goat pulled my brother down the hill.
All types of plants grew in and around the yard. Bamboo, mango, yam, ackee, calaloo, you name it. I especially remember digging up tamarind. It is what curry is made of. It turns your fingers orange. To the untrained eye it can look like ginger. It all grew there in the yard.
Our neighbors were all within shouting range, and we all looked out for each other. If you went into the bush and found some good littleputians (a little mango); or if you went to the ocean and caught some crabs, you would think to bring some for your neighbor.
The healthcare system in Jamaica is not the best. People are forced to look in on neighbors, and take care of those found sick. Babies are often times delivered in the home. Home remedies are the order of the day for Top Lincoln.
The dirt on Top Lincoln runs with a wide range of colors. There are red spots, yellow, even orange and black spots. One day my father and I found a rusty bronze type of dirt in a neighbors yard. He thought it was valuable. So many families bury loved ones in their yards that alone makes it valiable. so i don’t doubt it.
The most impressive thing about Top Lincoln is that the poeple remember everything. They do not forget their lives.

Top Lincoln

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Joined December 2007

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