100 not out!
Carlotta scores a well played century
Barbados today toasted its latest centenarian Carlotta Elise Strickland.
The witty senior citizen was born in Flat Field St Lucy and still resides in the island’s most northerly parish. She received the customary visit by the Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, who was joined by former deputy prime minister Sir Philip Greaves, as well as member of parliament for the area Denis Kellman.
Carlotta was also surrounded by family and friends, including her four grandchildren – Glyne, Anita, Wesley and Ricardo. Also present to help her celebrate her very special milestone were her five great grands, three great-great grands and other close relatives, somwho came from aboard.
Carlotta, who started working at the tender age of eight, has held numerous jobs in her lifetime, ranging from plantation worker to housekeeper.
Sir Philip, who is originally from St Lucy, recalled how Carlotta indirectly influenced his career path while working for his family by saying “you have a plaster for every sore, you would be a good lawyer”.
Affectionately known as ‘Uddah’ or ‘Elise’, Carlotta was described as outspoken, resilient and independent by her 78-year-old daughter Eleanor. What she currently lacks in eyesight, the centenarian, who suffers from cataract, more than makes up for with her quick hearing and wit, as pointed out by both the Governor General and her daughter.
The centenarian, who was born on July 7, 1915, stated that though she looks forward to her days to come, she was alarmed over the recent upsurge in deaths and shootings, especially those involving this island’s youth.
“Barbados is now in an uproar. Everyday you hear across the news this [person] kill this [person], this [person] stab the next, all sorts of things. Years gone by, you didn’t hear [anything] so,” she noted.
She however believes that Barbados is still better off than other countries and said she wished only the best for her country.