I had never been to an MP’s office always believing its an exercise in futility; an exercise my debasement, believing that MPs enjoy having people grovel before them as of slaves before Emperors.
Last Tuesday, however, I accompanied a friend to Dr. Moonilal’s office in Debe, who had some issues he wished the Minister would help him with. Although my friend had a 1pm appointment she did not actually see the Minister until near 6pm. Normally, such a long delay without an explanation from anyone is enough for me to say, forget it, lets go; but I did not lose my patience for there were dozens of people there patiently waiting their turn and who obviously had earlier appointments than the time they were finally called to see the Minister.
What fascinated me was how peacefully everybody sat and waited their turn without a complaint coming from anyone. It was a lesson for me on how Trinis are a patient, peace-loving people. What was also interesting for me was that the Minister saw everybody and I heard afterwards that he did not leave office until way into the night. I have often wondered whether MPs and Ministers actually work for the salaries and perks of their jobs, but last Tuesday my wonderment was answered in a positive way.
My friend left satisfied after her meeting with the Minister confirming the advice that if something is worth waiting for, just wait