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A Diasporan’s Nostalgia: Legacy of the “School Vendor” and “Lunch Lady” Revisited – By Lear Matthews

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By Lear Matthews

Do you remember the School Vendor selling snacks outside our school buildings? Not so much? OK, let’s revisit her legacy. Whether it was Miss Murray, Miss Stefie, Auntie Gertie or Auntie Sattie, her presence represented an impressionable dimension of the educational environment of urban, towns and rural primary school children in Guyana and the Caribbean since the 1950’s and to a lesser extent, today.

She was like a daytime symbol occupying a small unsolicited territorial “spot” in the school yard or close proximity of the school building.  She would “set up” a make-shift stand under a tattered umbrella, near a lantern-post or under one of Guyana’s massive oaks sheltering from the beaming sun and torrential rain.         Continue reading