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Memba the Good Ole Day in Jamaica?

Ole Days in Jamaica
Written by Staff Writer

Do you remember the good old days in Jamaica?

  • Memba when you do all you homework at school so dat as yuh reach home you ramp so til you hear smadddy shout out “yuh madda a ccooooommme!” and yuh dash inna yuh house and change yuh school uniform as yuh would surely get a beaten fi inna yuh uniform at 6pm.
  • Memba when yuh go school 7 days a week fi keep yuh outa trouble. Mon – Friday regular school and private lesson, Saturday class, and Sunday school at church which is a half day affair
  • Memba if yuh kin poopah lick and bu’st out you pants, yuh get a beaten
  • Memba 10 cent bulla and jackass corn
  • Memba when you turn on the tv at 4 pm and wait till JBC sign on at 5 pm, stand at attention sing the national anthem, and den sit back and watch some cartoon. And dont figet di Big Bwoy story whey you did haffi hide and tell
  • Memba when yu a come fram school and stop fi pick cherry off Mass John cherry tree and dawg run yu dung
  • Memba when yu madda sen yu fi tek the clothes fram affa di line but yu wait til night den yu fraid fi go by yuself
  • Memba when yu fraid fi go a shop by yuself a night because Miss Matty jus’ dead and yu tink yu might si har duppy
  • Memba when yu and yu fren dem decide seh unu a go run a boat, the biggest cart wheel dumplin yu eva si!
  • Memba when coming fram school ina di rain and yu tek off yu shoes and walk barefoot all the way home a race board horse inna di gutter water
  • Memba when dem use fi gi weh free milk powder and bulga rice a school, an’ yu play milk powder war all the way home
  • Memba when dem good rice and peas and chicken Sunday dinna with a nice refreshing glass ah carrot juice
  • Memba when yu ‘ave roast breadfruit and ackee and salt fish breakfast jus’ barely a day afta yu Saturday Peas soup wid cho-cho, turnip, carrot an’ punkin
  • Memba when teacha beat yu because yu neva do yu homework
  • Memba marning time when yu reach a school jus in time fi devotion and yu betta mek sure yu ave yu hym book and yu bible, yu pleat dem betta in order and yu khaki well starch
  • Memba dem good ole starch uniform ( coudda stan up by demself ) and yu nice shine brown or black shoes
  • Memba when yu madda use fi seh “Go pick a switch mek a beat yu”
  • Memba Christmas time when everybody a mek a suit fi gran market night, mama stay up a bake cake, draw sorrell, cook curry goat, don’t figet the case a D&G soda and red stripe beer weh unda the bed
  • Memba when a ginnep seed fly dung yu throat and smaddy ‘ave fi lick yu back fi mek it fly back up
  • Memba when yu swallow chewing gum & dem seh yu ago ded cause it ago tie up yu tripe
  • Memba a come fram school and stap fi get the last piece a Miss Brown toeto and a sky juice
  • Memba dem seh nuh buy nuh sky juice fram Mr. Tom because ‘im ave sore foot
  • Memba when dem seh nuh buy bun & cheeze from juicie cause him use di knife cut & clean him toenail
  • Memba saving part a lunch money fi buy ice cream fram creamy weh come pan Sunday
  • Memba a fling stone fi lick dung ginnep and the stone bus yu bredda head
  • Memba the peanut man … the jackfruit lady … the orange man … the sarda-pan man
  • Memba a play marble wid yu bredren dem
  • Memba a go a bush wid yu fadda
  • Memba a go undaneat the cellar fi the fowl egg (yes I do)
  • Memba a jump rope wid yu fren dem … One two Beeny … lick im mek im feel eh, mek im know yu mean eh, yu mean eh, yu mean eh
  • Memba playing “Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack, All Dressed In Black Black Black”
  • Memba a kick foot ball wid yu fren dem roun’ a ball grong
  • Memba when Cristmus come and we watch JohnCunu jump up and down and we get fraid?
  • Memba yu madda sen yu go a shop and yu sing the list all the way deh … “one pint milk, one bread, 1 lb a flour. But when yu reach deh, yu tell the shop keeper yu want “1 pint of bread, 1 lb of milk & a flour
  • Memba when yu last yu madda money and yu fraid fi go back home because she might beat yu
  • Memba settin up the roosta dem fi fight
  • Memba all dem good duppy story, and nancy story wi ‘ear growing up
  • Memba how yu use to fraid fi walk a night cause yu tink sey black-heart-man woulda tek yu weh
  • Memba when bokkle cut yu foot bottam dung a gully
  • Memba when yu use to stone Missa Smith mango tree dem, and we use to tink seh him have gun
  • Memba when yu left all day and go a rivva an go cook and when yu come come yu get a beaten
  • Memba when yu unifarm get dirty Monday marning, and Yu madda beat yu ina di evening

If you memba all the above THEN YOU OLD NO RATHID!

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