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ah friend send meh this
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:44:02 PM »
> >Subject: Trinbago Memories
> > > >
> > > > 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.
> > > >
> > > >> Way back...
> > > >> 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.
> > > >> Window shopping.
> > > >> Wearing old pants to the beach and collecting sea
> > > > shells and pretty stones.
> > > >> Wait. . .
> > > >> The excitemnt 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
> > > > with lalay.
> > > >> Climbing trees, 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 wachekongs 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 fashionable 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 and
> > > > female 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 chile 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 children "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!
> > > >> If you can remember any of these things,
> > > >> You must be my age!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> > > >
> >Dont forget Gru Gru bef and tolomb bum bum!!
> >or making kite with flour glue and cociea as a frame,
> >using zwill on the tail, using typewriter ribbon for a tail,
> >getting very upset when your kite goes HiOOH! down the street and
>trying to
> >climb the tree down the block to get it back!
> >Remember Guava Valley down by the National stadium??
> >How about fishing down slipway??
> >using a slingshot to shoot down a jap nest and run for your life!!!
> >
> >pelting stones at a full mango tree when you hungry so you dont have to
>go
> >home for lunch!
> >catching fowls in the backyard and cutting the head off and putting the
>
> >headless body under a bucket to stop it from running around!
> >helping the fishermen pull seine in Mayaro so you could get some free
>fish!
> >catching guabin up Pompeii river (infact I have some in California from
>
> >catching at Fatima River several years ago!!! he he he )
> >Having a marbles club and storing all your marbles in a 5lb KLIM tin.
> >Using a steel ball bearing as a "tor"
> >Attaching playing cards with clothes pins to the back wheel of your
>bicycle
> >so it sounds like a motorbike!
> >Playing with toy guns and not having to worry about the police shooting
>at
> >you!
> >putting sugar on your bread and butter,
> >Getting up early to go to the bread bakery for fresh hot hops bread!
> >cooking every part of the chicken except the head and eating it too
> >including sucking the bones!
> >Getting some nice hot Pow ( cha su bao) from a chinese restaurant.
> >sweeping the dirt backyard with a cociea broom!
> >getting your sunday coconut water and boil corn or roast corn by the
> >savannah,
> >Going to theathre to see an Audie Murphy Movie!
> >paying ten cents for a taxi!
> >lining up with the school kids to waive the Union Jack at Queen
>Elizabeth
> >when she visits!
> >Getting your butt whipped when you were bad and never thinking about child abuse!
> >buying blackpudding from the street vendor

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Re: ah friend send meh this
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2005, 09:53:58 PM »
Real nice piece dey maxg...ah eh know bout dis though...Killing birds with sling shot and cooking and eating them?

Ah remember catching semp and thing with trap cage and selling dem...not eating de birds.
Ah was used to making meh own guns, tops and bow and arrows...man had cap guns...man was throwing green guava at yuh and thing...gosh dat did hurt and leave some marks about yuh...we used to arks dem mad people and dem in dey green pyjamas in St. Anns to dance fuh a shilling and act silly...Jahyouth and dem could attest to dat...Ah remember leaving de house to come back when it dark because it was safe to do so...we used to walk thru people yard, jump dey fence, tease dey dog...if not stone de pothounds...walk thru all kinda ravine...ketch guppy...make we own kite...Ah was de best at pelting mango...man used to play more cricket in de road using ah box...de small goal sweat still going on but ah really doh think it as popular as before...man used to launch big stone on man galvanize roof and run away...ah miss snow cone from round de savannah too...alas ah go never fuhget de passion dat intercol does bring with Jumbo throwing nuts all over de place like ah NFL style QB...if only we could go back...but we need to go forward...as dis is de only way we go make it to Germany although flicking FIFA owe we a WC place.