Close your eyes, and go back . . .|
Before the Internet or the MAC,
Before Uzis and crack.
Before Nike and Reebok, before the NBA.
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo.
Before burglar proofing and KFC.
Before soca, dub and chutney
Before children's rights and women's lib.
I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk.
Looking through the window, sitting in the gallery,
Licking your lips over hops and condensed milk.
Going to Saturday afternoon confession.
Drinking Chocolate tea and cocoa tea and green tea and shining bush tea.
Carrying Sandwiches in a brown paper bag to school.
Eating Chilibibi and Press with green and red syrup, with or without milk.
Bathing in cold water from a barrel with a calabash.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, hoop, Jacks,
Police and Thief, rounders !
Pass-out Cricket in the road with a lime
Lying on the floor reading Mandrake and Katzenjammer Kids and Mutt and Jeff.
Borrowing books from the library.
Hula Hoops and Jawbreakers and kaiser balls.
Bathing in the rain under the guttering.
Going for walks on Sunday afternoon. Band Concerts.
Wearing old pants to the beach and collecting sea shells and pretty stones.
Wait. . .
The excitement of catching candle flies in a jar and batimamselles.
Putting the ti-marie to sleep.
Killing birds with sling shot and cooking and eating them.
Pitching Marbles and playing jockey in the canal.
When a calypso on the radio in Lent would have caused a scandal.
When going to town was a major outing requiring serious preparation..
Spending holidays by your grandmother and aunts.
Castor oil and senna pods at the end of August to clean you out!
Eating caimite and mammy seepote and downs and sapodilla and sugar apple and tying up your mouth wiith lalay.
Climbing trees,and skipping rope and eating a bucket of long mango.
Making a Christmas tree from a guava branch with cotton for snow.
You thought apples and grapes only grew at Christmas time.
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians,keeping an eye out for soucoyant and la diablesse.
Sliding down the bannister, jumping on the bed. Pillow fights.
Having a pet chicken, duck, rabbit or goat and crying when it became a meal.
Being tickled to death.
Running till you were out of breath.
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt!
Being tired from playing....remember that?
Going to the Chinee shop for Trebor and a penny sweet biscuit.
There's more . . .
Scratching your mother's head.
Fighting for the bowl when your mother made a cake.
Churning coconut or custard ice cream on Sunday and licking the palette.
Peeling cane with your teeth.
Remember when . . .|
When there no sneakers, only watchekongs and you washed them every Saturday and whitened them.
When you knew nothing of rotweillers or pit bulls only pot hounds.
When a penny was a decent allowance, and another penny a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When fashioable young ladies wore crinoline and boleros.
When your mother wore stockings that came in two pieces and had garters..
When all of your male teachers wore ties andfemale teachers had buns.
When you had to be rich to have a car or a radio.
When there was no TV and you went to sleep at 7.00 o'clock. When there was no designer water.
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
When every kitchen had a safe with wire mesh.
Milk came in rum bottles and had to be boiled and the cream was a great treat..
When they threatened to keep kids "down" if they failed... and they did!
When your mother used to say that your licks hurt her more than it hurt you.
When adults spoke in code so "little ears" wouldn't hear.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, or gangs.
Disapproval of parents and grandparents, godparents,tanties... was a much bigger threat!
Remember climbing the mango tree and shaking the branch so that
yuh friends below could pick up the mangoes..and den the old lady
who owned the tree would come and chase yuh away....|
Remember bring water in pitchoil pans,all the way from the park, because wasa had dug up the road and buss ah waterpipe.....
Remember eating iceblocks after school and red mango and tambrand balls and bene balls and sucking paradise plums sweetie and hangman sweetie with the string attached.....
Remember taking the half ripe guavas and cutting them so that you made a little basket out of them....
Remember taking the hard shell that covered the whole bunch of grugru on the grugrubeff tree, and sitting on it and sliding down the hill in a race with your friends.....
|If you can remember any of these things, You must be my age!!!!!!!!!!!!!|