Willemstad Times Reporter Jarred E Meyer
Twelve-year-old boy returns to Curacao
WT: So what were you doing on the boat in the first place?
Phillip: My mom didn't think it was safe on the island with the war.
WT: Did you feel bad leaving the island on the boat?
Phillip: No, not really, but I didn't want to leave my friends. My Dad made me feel safe by saying that the Germans wouldn't waste a torpedo on this old rust bucket.
WT: What did you do to survive the sinking boat from the torpedo?
Phillip: I didn't really remember it, but I woke up on a raft with a black man and a cat and a bad headache.
WT: What was your reaction to being blind?
Phillip: At first, I said to myself even in the darkest night I can see my hand, but I couldn't so I asked Timothy what time it was. He said, "ten". I asked, "night time or morning?" I screamed, "I'm blind!"
WT: When did you find the island?
Phillip: It was on April 10th early in the morning. It was very lonely on the island.
WT: What was the effect on your courage of being blind?
Phillip: It made me feel like I couldn't do anything, but Timothy made me realize that I don't need my eyes to use my hands and legs.
WT: How did Timothy die?
Phillip: He did not die from age or disease but from protecting me from the hurricane. He saved my life.
WT: What was your Mom's reaction of your return?
Phillip: She listened to my story but didn't truly understand. She cried and said, "I'm sorry."
WT: So, how did you feel coming home to your friends?
Phillip: It feels like my friends are very young. I have matured and would rather talk with the black people on the dock.
WT: Will you go back to the cay one day?
Phillip: Yes, one day I will sail to the cay and close my eyes at Timothy's grave and thank him.
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