Cruising Grenada. Maya’s Halloween Birthday Party
Grenada is a very special place for cruisers for it is at the southernmost end of the Lesser Antilles Island Chain where hurricanes rarely venture. For this, the boat insurance companies allow their clients to spend the hurricane season in Grenada. Anywhere else in the Caribbean the danger form storms is much higher and boats are not insured unless they are in or south of Grenada during the months between June and November. This is why cruisers rush to get there on time, before June 1st and remain safely tucked in in the many harbors around the island until the beginning of November.
As soon as we arrive in Prickly Bay and a week later move across to Secret Harbor, we become overwhelmed with social events and cool activities, and this time we participate. We are pleasantly surprised to find out that many of the boats are homes to families with children, like us.
Very quickly Maya became friends with twenty kids, boys and girls of all ages. They play volleyball together every Wednesday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m., and jump off the pier in Secret Harbor after the game, they have Book Club on Saturday in the morning, they surf on the reef in Prickly Bay, sail small dinghies at Hog Island, get together to make music, to do crafts, and yoga, to watch films and play games. It is wonderful. No wonder Grenada is the favorite island for so many cruisers and no wonder they spend so much time here. After a couple of weeks, we feel like home and we don’t want to leave. Ever.
But Grenada was especially special to Maya because she got to celebrate her 11th birthday there with so many new friends. Maya started counting the days before her birthday, October 27th, a month before, in St Lucia. She would wake up and first thing in the morning, she would announce how many days left to her birthday. It became really annoying. She even drew a birthday invitation card for our friends Mel and Caryn three weeks in advance, with no date or place on the card, as we had no idea when, where and how we would organize her party. But a party she was going to have.
On October 29th an epic Halloween party was to take place at Secret Harbor starting at 3:00p.m. with the kids dressed up in costumes, piling up on dinghies and going around the anchorage trick-or-treating the boats. Then at 6:00 p.m. the party for all, adults and kids, was scheduled to begin on the terrace of the restaurant. We decide it is best to have Maya’s birthday party after the kids comeback from trick-or-treating and before the big party; thus everyone will be there for sure and we’ll all celebrate.
At 3:00 p.m. on October 29th, 2014, on the pier at Secret Harbor, ghosts, skeletons, zombies, princesses, pirates, monsters, and all other candy-thirsty creatures start to arrive. They pile up in a few of the dinghies and charge the quiet unsuspecting anchorage as the setting sun paints the clouds on the western horizon blood-red. Boat by boat, they pillage and extort, until their bags are full of booty and the boats are out of sweets. None of the anchored sailboats’ candy reserves survives the attack.
Trick-or-Treating in Secret Harbor, Grenada
The kids return to shore just in time for Maya’s huge birthday cake. They give her presents. Sara has made a room decoration from ocean treasures. Emma has fashioned a necklace and earrings from pieces of green glass found on the beach. Anna has painted a picture of a friendly sea monster. Mika has made her favorite paper game for Maya. The other Maya gave our Maya a tiny bed for toys she made herself out of a coconut.
And then the grown-ups arrive all wearing silly costumes, and we all dance, drink, eat pizza, and have fun. Maya enjoys the party the most. She never stops dancing. For her, this is not just a Halloween party, it’s her birthday party. “The best day of my life” she said.
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