Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – She’s Royal


By  EWALT AINSWORTH                             10 21 2012

Five generations of teeny-weeny ones and a sumptuous dash of all other ages in-betweeners, survivors and parallel marathoners made it to the 90th birthday celebrations in Toronto for Nennen.

She is also familiarly called Aunt Ruth…maiden name Alexander, and now wed to bingy-man  Sir  Charles Jackman (Jacko).

Aunt Ruth – “Nennen” at 90 not out

“Aunt Ruth”, a native of Springlands in East Berbice, resident of Greenheart Street in South Ruimveldt Gardens and prominent, Nennen in Toronto looked sharp and spicy.  She did all the line dances with her husband Jacko…Uncle Charles and sang word for word, line for line…Sparrow’s version of  ITS MY PARTY (and I cry if I want to;  you may cry too if it happen to you).

Normally at the first sight of frost/snow, for the last 20 years or so, both Aunt Ruth and Jacko would fold their tents and abort baby-sitting activities and head for Gt.    During summer the duo would pack their barrels and get their prescriptions filled and as soon as the Last Lap at Caribana is over …like clockwork…they gone.. they take off by  Caribbean Airlines and soak up the sun.  And when the tulips and magnolias start budding they come right back to be with daughter, grand-children and be Nennen to the West Indian community.  Aunt Ruth will also fulfill her moral obligation to her church while she is away without fail.             

But this year…90-not out, Aunt  Ruth put away all her rituals, chores, habits and  commitments to hand-in there just a little bit longer to celebrate and shake her assets real and perceived.  It was a Christian celebration with a plural twist within a diverse community.

It was a private and catered party and daughter Princess, an economist by profession, let her hair down and cranked up the volume…party-party-party.  There will be no second Sunday in the land of the maple leaf but Greenheart Street will see, feel and experience part two, act 90 in time to come.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY NENNEN.

Lesley Gore – It’s My Party

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Richard Pearson on October 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hang-in and not hand -in, other than that article looks good.



    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Posted by Lorna Jessemy on October 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Greetings Aunt Ruth…….It was a pleasure to read that you have achieved 90 years and still going strong…..may the grace of God forever shine upon you and keep you smiling. With love ……………….Lorna


  3. Posted by Gail Bindley-Taylor on January 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Congratulations to Aunt Ruth for arriving at such a wonderful age looking so well. I am so happy that she was able to party at home in Guyana with family and friends. Congrats to you Princess for making it happen. Hope it was a day to remember for her and wishing her a wonderful year ahead and many more to come.


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