Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We Need More Debbies Over-The-Hill

Debbie Ferguson of Maycock Street

By Hadassah Deleveaux (née Hall)

While on radio in The Bahamas, listeners often heard host, Chrissy Love proclaiming, “If each before his doorstep swept, the village would be clean.”

It is a quote that could be taken literally or figuratively, but certainly Debbie Ferguson of Maycock Street takes it literally, keeping her doorstep, her yard, her whole street clean. She even goes to great lengths, weeding grass on the sides of the street and planting plants in the front of neighbours’ yards.

I recently visited Debbie at her distinct property in Grants Town – the heart of Old Nassau – and was mesmerized by what I saw. Could this be over the hill? Why can’t others take such interest and care in their surroundings? If you drive throughout over the hill, after seeing the dilapidated buildings, abandoned vehicles, overgrown yards and litter-strewn streets, it would be quickly evident that Debbie is a gem in the midst of one of the oldest and most historically rich communities in the country.

It is unfortunate that the way she maintains her property is uncommon.  Read more >>