Anyone who has had the privilege of visiting Bermuda is probably immediately struck by the incredible natural beauty of the islands and by the pastel artistry of the buildings. The friendliness of the Bermudian people is also soon apparent.
There is one citizen however, who is uniquely & famously friendly. His name is Johnny Barnes and it has been suggested that he may have one of the most important jobs in Bermuda.
You can find Mr. Barnes every weekday morning in the grassy centre of the busiest traffic roundabout approaching the city of Hamilton. With arms outstretched, he waves enthusiastically at commuters and visitors alike. He calls out "Good morning!", "I love You!" , "God bless!" and blows kisses to those who pass by. Johnny has a kindly face & a radiant smile. Spreading a daily dose of joy has been his career of choice for decades.
Mr. Barnes arrives at the roundabout before morning breaks and stays to lift spirits until about 10 am. Rain or shine, balmy temperatures or gale force winds, he's there doing the job he loves. Such dedication would be remarkable in any individual but it's even more amazing in a man of 85 plus years!
Most people passing through Johnny's orbit cannot help but be touched by his enthusiasm which leaves many smiling on their way to work, school or wherever they might be headed. The stresses of the day may pile up later on, but for a brief morning moment they're reminded of what really matters by Goodwill Ambassador, Johnny Barnes.
Johnny is so well recognized as a part of the Island's friendly culture that a life-size bronze statue of him was erected in 1998. It is located near the Underwater Exploration Institute on the edge of Hamilton.
There are indeed plenty of career opportunities in beautiful Bermuda, but this most important job has already been filled!
Author: Gayle Squires