There is nothing like an ice cold jelly, the tangy taste of tamarind ball or a bowl full of black mangoes as we settle into one of those plastic settees to watch another round of ‘School Challenge Quiz’ or a episode of ‘Hilly and Gully Ride’. Some things evoke those nostalgic feelings that allow us to reconnect with our culture in ways that remind us of how inspite of our many challenges ‘the land is green and the sun still shineth”.
This one is especially for my friends who are overseas in the Diaspora who are missing home. From time to time, you guys may say something controversial, wacky or weird that someone in Jamaica will react to with a “oh no you did not just say that” and try to check you or threaten to revoke your ‘yaad card’ which is your status as a full fledged legitimate Jamaican.
Yes it’s that time again when our patriotic blood churns black, green and gold and we put aside out differences for one week and celebrate independence and emancipation and ‘blen up’ the two and call it ‘emancipendence’. We drink coconut water, we eat grater cake and tamarind ball and black mango and fried fish and go watch the performers at Gran Gala and reconnect with our culture in a way that mek we ‘eye wata’ as despite its challenges, we truly love dis lickle pieca God blessed rock oh so badly.
Every Jamaican child knows certain words are off limit growing up. We would whisper them amongst ourselves and if a friend made you angry, you would chip two at them but in my time, we did not dare let any adult hear us as we wanted them to believe we didn’t know of their existence. Poor soul them. Continue reading…