This little snippet is about me growing up in Bocas – and lets you in on a secret about what young Bocas school boys sometimes get up to on those hot island days!
I was bordering my teenage years – around 11 or 12 – and I remember one day at school a few of us decided to skip the last class and go for a swim down by the docks in Almirante. So the group of us left, still in our school uniform, got down to the docks and stripped down to our pants (underwear – for any American English speaker reading this!). This was what I can only describe as a complete care free, joyful moment – it was fun. We were jumping in the water, throwing each other in – simple bliss. All this until we saw our teacher walking down the road shouting our names. At this point we knew there was no point of running anywhere, we were caught, literally with our pants down!
The group of us went from complete happiness to complete terror of the consequences that were to come. All I could think was it was fun while it lasted. The worst part about it was still to come when the teacher said, ‘You wait until I tell your mum!’ The scolding was severe – but that blissful afternoon had been worth it.
Remembering moments like this is what makes me think that whatever you are doing make sure that you enjoy the journey, because life is too short.
Bocas boys will be Bocas boys
On our recent trip back to Bocas in March, I saw a similar group of school boys having the same kind of fun. Rather than the sea, they were swimming and jumping in the Rio Oeste river and balancing on (and falling off) a floating tree trunk. They hadn’t removed a single piece of their school uniform and were drenched. I hope they enjoyed it while it lasted … before the scolding …
Until the next one. #theslothlife
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