‘All by myself’
Centenarian boasts of still being independent at 100-years-old
Centenarian Millicient Watson looks her age, but she definitely does not act like it.
Living alone at her Thorpes Cottage, St George home, Watson who celebrated her 100th birthday today does almost everything for herself.
Her close friends and relatives described her as “one independent old lady” as they celebrated the milestone with her.
She was also visited by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave who brought her flowers, a bottle of wine and birthday cards.
“I does do everything for myself. I don’t depend on nobody to do nothing for me. Every morning I does get up and make my tea and when I feel like cooking I does cook,” she declared.
When asked how she felt about joining the centenarian club, “I feel alright,” was her response.
“I ain’t feel too good nor I ain’t feel too bad, I in between. I does make myself comfortable, I don’t study nothing.”
She was not as boisterous as quite a number of centenarians usually are, or kept Sir Elliott locked in conversation.
But the wrinkles on her aged body, and her seemingly humbled and calm approach to life, was evident that she was a virtuous woman who worked hard to make a living.
Watson who was born in Grove Tenantry in that same parish, went to live with her father’s mother at Fishers Pond, when she was merely 15-months-old.
“My mother left me and my grandmother raised me until I get to a certain age and then she died. I had couple aunts and them raised me until I get to a certain age and then I left to go out and work and I worked until I get married. I married when I was 34,” she recalled.
Working from14-years-old when she left school, Watson cooked, cleaned people homes and washed their clothes among other things.
“Where ever I worked I left a good record because I never carry way nothing that belong to nobody,” she proudly boasted.
Her husband died 16 years ago and her only child did not live to see her 18th birthday, but Watson says every morning, she thanked God for the mercies and blessings he bestowed upon her.
“Every morning I get up and I pull down my door flaps I does say Lord thank you for sparing my life to see the light of another day,” she said.
She added: “Just like how my old grandmother bring me along, I come along. Yuh can’t give the young people no advice now because them ain’t want no advice from nobody. I come along and I never went in a dance house nor go anywhere. The only place I use to go is when the races on, sometimes I would go down on the race pasture and watch the races. I never went in a dance house from the time I come along.”
The centenarian’s cousin Kenneth Cobham who met Watson when he was five-years-old at her wedding in 1948 said he remembered her as a young woman who was consistently well mannered, easy going, did not keep many friends and certainly was not the type to be in and out of her neighbours homes.
He also recalled that she was always neat and tidy on the road and her house was a pleasant example of her appearance.
“She was not easily angered and controlled her moods with a smile. When she was younger, she was very trendy in dressing. Of course in those days you didn’t show much skin and she wore long dresses as she was always a church member,” Cobham said.