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”.
Remember the good old days when we ate junk and didn’t worry about cavities? When we all followed our friends home …and then turned around and have our friends follow us back home? When we played until we were sweaty and sticky and had no clue what body odour or deodorant was? When we used street lights as our indicator that it was time to go home for dinner?
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.
Thank God for TV Land so that those who didn’t see these awesome shows when they originally aired, can enjoy it now into perpetuity. Watching those shows fill me with happiness and nostalgia as my childhood was a happy one and these sitcoms, shows and dramas represent huge part of that.