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trini skool days.....ahhhh memories

If you were a child of the 80s and early 90s in Trinidad, you
might remember:

Giving someone and receiving a meggie

Collecting empty tic-tac containers for the smell, filling them
with water then drinking it

Yuh filled empty orchard cartons with air and jumped on it to
make a popping noise to scare someone

Yuh screamed at the faintest sound of thunder

Getting licks with a guava whip or a wooden ruler with a metal
strip on the side

When push point pencils were in style

When stationery on a whole was in style, nice erasers were
prized: scentedand colourful, sharpeners shaped like hamburgers or mechanicalpencils and pilot pens, fine-point preferably

When 'Bata' was not in style but you had to wear one anyway

Carrying ah lunch kit with a thermos flask inside

Reading Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys, Judy Blume,
Sweet Dreams or Sweet Valley High.

Wearing VERY ying, very short, very tight khaki pants to school

Wearing socks with frills, wearing panties with frills on the back

The Coca-Cola yo-yo craze

How handwriting was a big thing in primary school among girls,
you wrote extremely small and extremely neat with care

At some point in time, having to ask someone or be asked:
a. ifyuh father is a glass maker
b. if yuh have ants in yuh pants
c.if yuh monkey glands acting up

Yuh loved pencil cases and you wanted a nice one shaped like a
giant pencil with a zip on one end

Holding hands with a another girl or boy to go somewhere on an
outing (everybody, find ah partner!) meant that he/she was your
good friend

Yuh was ah Brownie, Cub Scout or Cadet, no one was quite sure what
'Red Cross' people did except you called them if somebody fell

Having your skin stained for days with iodine after you fell

Boys making guns out of paper and shooting each other

Saying 'ABC, ketch ah crab, put it in ah paper bag' to some First
years or Second years

You read 'Lucky Dip' and West Indian Readers

Pennycools costing 25 cents

Getting excited over the sight of three red beans sprouting on a
wet piece of toilet paper in an old mayonaise jar

Eating condensed milk from the can, tomato balls, paradise plums,
chilibibi and planter's snacks

Wearing poppies on Poppy Day was a fashion statement

Cheese paste sandwiches with food colouring on Kiss bread cut in

Playing 'in ah fine castle, do you hear my sissy-o', 'I lost my
glove on a Saturday night and found it Sunday morning...'

The smell of whitening your shoes

In primary school, you methodically collected eraser shavings

Netball, Rounders and cricket was serious business!

Reciting time tables

Yuh played catch, red-light/green-light, there's a brown girl in
the ring and hand clapping games till your palms stung

A re-fashioned balloon was called ah chikey-chong

You been to Cleverwoods at least twice for a class outing.

Who had the most and prettiest Barbie dolls used to run tings.

You made those fortune telling finger toys from copy book paper

You used to recite the National pledge everyday, 'I solemnly
swear to dedicate my life to the service of my God and my
country...' But you cyar remember it now!

Having to religiously support some curry-q, bar-b-q or chinee-q for the school

Singing parang in a school Christmas concert or a folk song,

If you went to Catholic primary school: prayers, prayers and more

Teens of the 90s (early to mid) in Trinidad, you might remember:

Fellas got an earring too-just one

Football limes and Intercol

No matter where you went to school, Trinity College seemed so far

Your identity was defined by your school, there were girls and
then there were 'Convent girls' (be that good, bad or indifferent)

Red band maxis and their hard pong

You hoarded coloured ink pens

You stressed about SBAs in Form 4 and 5

If you travelled home, you had to lime first before you got there

CXC lessons and the lessons' lime

Boys hitting school desks to start a chanting session

Maxis and maxi conductors were the scourge of Secondary school in
these days, parents were always complaining about them

You knew at least one girl who was 'dealing' with a maxi-man

Knight Rider, Street Hawk and Mc Gyver

If you remember any of these, you my friend are a child of the
80s and early 90s in sweet Trinidad & Tobago.



Tings Hard.

Ah know some ah alyuh muhbe cyah remember when last yuh eat ah bake an shark in Maracas or ah doubles in Curepe. Buh meh dear frends de way how tings goin jus now when yuh buy someting tuh eat yuh go hav tuh hide an eat it. Ah man go hit yuh ah big stone an take it, ting eh looking to good. Dey say ting bad buh yuh cud still geh ah cup ah sugar from de neighbour wen deh dun cuss yuh yuh could go an eat out deh food. Trini still sweet. We eh no different from anywhere else in de world we hah we problems buh Trini is still ah good place. It still hah Carib an Stag, Carnival, Smokey an Bunty and everyting else yuh remember. So doh leh nobody make yuh feel yuh cyah come home. Wit all dat to be a born Trini is still de best ting yuh cud ask for we cyah suffer an we know how tuh live. Wake up eveyday proud tuh be ah Trini represent we out deh. Doh fraid come home wen yuh want.