Barbados has another centenarian to celebrate today as Nesta Harding joins the elite club.
The peaceful old lady was in high spirits this morning as she was surrounded by her close family and joined by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason to mark the special occasion.
The small but feisty elderly lady read both of the cards presented to her by the Governor General and sang along as she was toasted for reaching her 100th year of life.
Her granddaughter, Shelly Harding, described her grandmother, who is the oldest and strongest in her home, New Life, as a very contented old lady who was always happy with her lot.
“My grandmother was a housekeeper and was often regarded as the neighbourhood Granny. She was a person who believed that it did not matter where you came from, you had to have manners, you had to carry yourself a certain way and speak properly,” Harding said, quickly admitting that her grandmother was a very stern woman who believed strongly in where and when.
“She was also a devout Christian who accepted the Lord at an early age and she never strayed,”
Harding revealed that her grandmother, the single mother of three children had never been married and had actually chose many years ago to have a life without a partner.
She would say, “You don’t bother with these man,” Harding said, noting that her grandmother had a keen sense of humor.
When asked about some of the things the elderly lady still enjoys, she said cou cou, ground provisions and dancing.
“She loves music, if you turn on Parang right now she would get up and dance. If she hears lively gospel music she would dance. She used to beat the symbol at church so there is always a rhythm or beat in her head,” Harding said. (KH)