Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Sails on the Horizon
Today was a first for me, so I want to share this brief story. On clear days, the distant view from my village looks across the Atlantic Ocean towards the small French island known as Marie-Galante, which is part of Guadeloupe (Dominica's neighboring island to the north). Most of the time, there are no ships to be seen on our part of the ocean, but on rare occasions, a large tanker or container ship will pass between us. One time last year, as dusk arrived, the lights of a large cruise ship could be seen passing through (I was told that sometimes if a ship is running ahead of schedule, they choose to take the long way and pass through the channel between Dominica and Marie Gallant). the one I visited in this previous story). I made sure to show it to the students who were outside for their morning break. I talked to them about how in the old days, it could have been what a pirate ship would have looked like. I also talked about how this view might have been what the natives to this island might have first viewed when Christopher Columbus first “discovered” Dominica (he named it Dominica, which in Latin means Sunday, because that was the day of the week the island was sighted).