Ever wondered what happens at a bed and breakfast when guests are not in house? Or specifically, what happens at Neita's Nest? Can't tell you all the behind the scenes activities but I would like to share one project with which I am particularly pleased.
Some of you may know that I am a Freelance Editor. I have given editorial supervision, been copy editor and proofreader for several publications in recent years, projects with which I am pleased to have been associated: Hugh Shearer: A Voice for the People, The Search..., Champs 100..., The Story of Portmore..., and more recently, The Power and The Glory..., to name a few. Some were done before the birth of Neita's Nest, others were in the fledgling days, and some have been done more recently in between guests or late at night when everyone is in bed or out on the town.
My most recent project was a one-year labour of love. On July 29, on the eve of the Jamaica50 Celebrations, we launched the biography of a former prime minister of Jamaica, Sir Donald Sangster which was written by my father. What made it special you might ask? It wasn't the largest of the books I had ever worked on. It wasn't the first book of national importance. Neither was it the first volume of history. It certainly wasn't my first biography. It wasn't even the first book on a head of government. And it wasn't the first manuscript by my father.
Yes, it is the biography of a prime minister of Jamaica, naturally of national and historic importance, and written by Hartley Neita. It even received the distinct honour of being selected by the Jamaica50 Secretariat to bear the insignia, Proudly Celebrating Jamaica50 insignia. Awesome!
The process was as much challenging as it was cathartic. The challenge is clear. The catharsis was in the daily reminders that he is here with me with his guiding hand. I only had to muse a while over the hand written notes and the newspaper clippings and eventually I would come to know the reason he kept them on file. So Daddy, now I know why you kept all those papers all over your office.