ROUGH TIMES? NOT IN GUYANA!
You can be easily deceived by the politicians into believing that things are rough within Guyana. Read most of the headlines each day in the newspapers, listen to what the political opposition have to say and you would believe that Guyanese are having a hard time existing.
The reality of course is that it is the politicians who are having a rough time. Not economically of course. I am yet to see a politician in Guyana who does not know where his next meal is coming from or how he will pay his bills.
Guyanese politicians have it rough with each other. There is always some quarrel and members of the public tend to take these things far more seriously that they deserve to. But at the level of the average citizen, things are not rough at all.
Take the case of St. Valentine’s Day. Now a few decades ago, this was a day that would have passed like any ordinary day. Not anymore.
Long before February 14th the advertisements for various gifts ideas crowd the daily newspapers and flood radio and television. Valentine Day has become just as big a commercial event as Mother’s Day, and definitely it surpasses in feverish intensity, Father’s Day.
Long ago, most persons would be satisfied with flowers, chocolates and perfumes on Valentine’s Day. Try giving that as presents today and you will be greeted with some very disappointed faces.
After all, being bombarded with advertisements about expensive jewelry, designer clothing, sport cars, and exquisite get-away travel plans, why should any young lady not be disappointed with receiving a mere bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day? Flowers of course are essentialy fare for this special day but so too is Valentine’s Dinner.
A few years ago, this would not have been a problem. But as this year’s Valentine showed, it was difficult to find a good restaurant without standing room only. And to think that there are persons who actually feel that Guyanese do not have money to spend freely.
Almost every eating house of consequence, including even the fast food joints, were sold out on Valentine’s Night.
Many disappointed couples were forced to go to less splendid outlets to purchase take away food. But as usual, Guyanese found a way not to disappoint their paramours. The take-away was taken to the places such as the Seawall where the couples dined under the stars and with the breeze to their backs. It added a special touch and showed how ingenious are the people of this country, who just nineteen years ago, most of the Caribbean looked down upon because of the economic hardships that the country faced.
Things are still not what they ought to be but things are defiantly not bad.
The people are having the time of their lives. They are dining out with greater frequency and in far larger numbers. The gifts are becoming more luxurious and the politicians are being left to squabble amongst themselves.
In another few days time, there will be a major concert and thousands are going to turn out for this. Then there will be the finals of the major competitions for Mashramani and hundreds will turn out here too, willing to spend freely.
Mash Day is around the corner and the stores and shops are going to be sward by buyers seeking to be in the latest, and often most provocative, fashions. Everyone will want a new outfit for Mash Day and everyone will have some extra cash to really enjoy themselves. The ATM lines are going to be long.
These developments surely dispel the idea that Guyanese are enduring rough times. Guyanese are having fun, having a great time and enjoying themselves. So forget about what the opposition politicians are saying about the state of the economy. They are only playing politics while the rest of the population is doing everything possible to show how wrong these politicians really are about the reality in the country.