Their great dream is a real house
5:00 At cockcrow, Wilson Dery Wade, otherwise known as Parks, leaves the only room in his tiny house. The whole family sleeps there together; four-year-old Allan with his mother and father and the four other boys head to foot in two curtained-off bunk beds.
Maggy follows her husband into the kitchen, another little thatched-roof cottage. On his way to work, Parks will nibble on Maggy’s homemade rolls. He jumps into his boat to cross the swampy lake that separates the village of Crooked Tree from the main road, taking his rifle with him in case he sees some game on the way. When he gets to the road, a fellow worker will pick him up and drive him to his employer’s land.
The Wades have lived on their little piece of property for thirteen years. They tore down the dilapidated old shack that was there before and used the materials to build the two huts. Their great dream is a real house made out of cinder blocks that will never need any repair, but that will have to wait until the fruit trees show a profit.
For a few dollars, Parks rents twenty acres of land from the government, with stands of pine, oak, and cashew. Among the plants he has added are citrus trees, Areca palms, and coconut palms. At present, only the sale of wood and cashew nuts brings in money, so Parks works as a farm labourer.