Aunt Yvette

Aunt Yvette. Died - July 13, 2010

Everyone leaves a mark in this world, everyone, without exception.  They may be remembered by one or my many, for good or for bad, but they are remembered.  At least, that is what I like to believe, in time we will be eventually forgotten, but just for a moment, we leave a mark upon the lives of others, these are the moments that matter.

Aunt Yvette always referred to me as Comrade Hinds, no doubt referring to someone else she remembered working in this building.  Many may have called her a beggar, but she always asked very nicely if we could “support local”.  And there were many a time when after giving her what we had, she would return at a later time with gifts for us; a comb, perfume, hand-sanitizer, a myriad of things.  While I may not be able to cherish any of her gifts, I cherish the memories.

She sat on the pavements or on our door-stoop, when she walked it was in an almost completely doubled-over posture, apparently a combination of age and health issues, although I had heard rumour of an accident that left her so.  She is reputed to have been a school teacher in her younger days, she certainly had an artistic flair, evidenced in her drawing, she sewed her own clothes and even did some crochet.  She was an avid reader, many times collecting old magazines from us, and she loved to do Word-Find puzzles.  She also carried on lengthy and complicated conversations with person (or persons) whom only she could see, always an entertaining event.

This was the only photograph I remember taking of her, I am sorry I never took more.

She was apparently in the compound of the Sol Service Station on Regent Street yesterday when she was struck by a vehicle and died, another victim of reckless driving.  Maybe the driver did not see her in her bent over position, but then it could have been a child he hit if that is his excuse.  I don’t know how many people’s lives she has touched through the years, but she touched mine and she will be remembered.

Rest in Peace Yvette.

6 thoughts on “Aunt Yvette

  1. I’ve seen her around the place too. Hard not to notice her. I probably would never have remembered her if you hadn’t done this.

    I guess now she has at least one more person to remember her.

  2. Rose

    What a touching story. My hope is that some one out there sees this picture and identify her. Happy to pass this on. As you said “Rest in peace good servant”.

  3. Melanie

    A lovely tribute Mike, a very kind sentiment. So many in our society fail to realize that a life, any life is worth far more than the financial or even social value of the image you see today. No doubt little will be done regarding the injustice of her death.And who can say if she will represent more than a passing inconvenience to the driver of the vehicle: the remembrance to be washed away in the next shower. At least in our father house one is judged by the totality of ones existence and not merely by the cut of the cloth.

  4. Vince - Prince George, BC.

    I once remembered seeing Aunty Yvette sitting outside at the back St. George’s Cathedral. I looked at her and saying to myself, look how we discard people whom I am sure contributed to the building of Guyana which many of us enjoy today.
    I also often wonder of the other elderly homeless citizens in GT and other parts of Guyana, whom I am sure were active so many years ago and life has treated them badly, requiring them to live on the streets.
    Thank you Aunty Yvette for the many lives you have touched.

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