I recently visited Grand Cayman Island again, one of my many trips since the early/mid 1980s.
A highlight of my recent trip was my visit with a true friend whom I met on my very first visit, Mr. Charles Winton Sr.
Mr. Winton is now 88 years old and has, of late, had a few medical concerns, but his hearty laughter and joy in living are not diminished.
It has been my privilege to get to know Mr. Winton through our 20+ years of visits and letter writing.
Sometimes people hope to find buried treasure in the pirate caves at East End but, for me, the true treasures are people like Mr. Winton.
These older Caymanians embody one of the major reasons I fell in love with Grand Cayman on that first visit – the kind, lovely people.
I sincerely hope that the stories of these wise and beautiful men and women are being captured in oral histories and efforts to preserve their traditional Caymanian homes and traditions are considered a high priority. It would be a huge loss to us all if this were not done.
God bless you, Mr. Winton and all the great folks of your generation.
Maggie Pund-Stimming – Indianapolis, Indiana