Re­spect the fruit ven­dors

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: I WISH to make a plea for per­sons who make a liv­ing from sell­ing fruits to pass­ing motorists sea­son­ally. One can al­ways recog­nise what sea­son is ‘in’ by these ven­dors (right now, it is guinep). I mar­vel at their en­ter­prise, be­cause their profit must be mar­ginal, de­pend­ing on the sea­son, yet their sales will de­ter­mine if the household eats that night, or not.

I can imag­ine how they have to pre­pare to catch a pass­ing mo­torist’s eye and then stretch the pro­ceeds to put a meal on the ta­ble. No mat­ter how small their profit mar­gin is, in­vari­ably, a day’s sale will pro­vide the night’s meal. All this, while the ven­dors face the blaz­ing heat of the sun or the pour­ing rain.

My plea, there­fore, is to all motorists – recog­nise the fac­tors that have forced them to choose an hon­est, hard-work­ing path, in­stead of any other. Your sup­port may make the dif­fer­ence be­tween a child or chil­dren go­ing to bed hun­gry, or not. HOWARD HAMIL­TON, CD, QC

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