Tl reminded me of rainy season this week so I thought I'd talk a little about that. Also, up until yesterday I was pretty sure we were having rainy season here in Pennsylvania. I think we are finally drying out a bit.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, I was accustomed to 4 distinct seasons. There is something very comforting about that rhythm and something wonderful about the variety of seasons and weather we can get here.
Not so in Trinidad. In the tropics you get two seasons, rainy and dry. In Trinidad the dry season generally lasts from January to May, the rainy season lasts from June to December. that's not to say it never rains during the dry season or that it rains constantly during the rainy season. It just means the heaviest rains come during the rainy season.
During the rainy season it ususally rains some every day and some of the rain is so hard it is mind boggling. I never saw rain like I saw in Trinidad. Our house, like a lot of others, was concrete block with a corrugated metal roof. And when I am telling you it rained hard I mean it rained so hard that it was deafening inside the house. I could be standing next to Mr. Lime and have to shout to be heard during some of the more powerful downpours. The first time I experienced a rain like that I thought the roof would be coming down on my head. And yet, I could often keep the windows to the house open during a down pour because the rain just came straight down. It didn't blow all around and come in the windows as long as you had half decent eaves on the roof.
Another strange thing for a Pennsylvania girl is recognizing that grey skies don't mean it's going to be a cool, wrap up in an afghan and sip a mug of tea sort of afternoon. It was still (to my way of thinking and my pregnant self, which I recognize skews all perception) beastly hot. It was still the tropics and no amount of grey skies meant you were going to get chilly...well, unless you are a born Trini, in which case you need a quilt when it is 70F degrees at night.
Just like we have what we call 'Indian Summer' (a couple weeks of warmer temperatures and clear sunny skies after autumn has set in) in these northern climates, Trinidad has what is called 'Petit Carem.' Petit Carem is a period of two to four weeks of unseasonably hot and dry weather during the rainy season (usually September). Everyone puts away their umbrellas for a bit, dries out, and enjoys the sunshine before it's back to many more weeks of rain. It's like a mental health break from all the rain falling.
Now perhaps the thing I enjoyed most about rainy season in Trinidad (and it certainly wasn't trying to get laundry to dry on the line!) was all the things one could be excused from because 'rain fallin.'
Gyul, why yuh did not make it to sunday dinner?
Oh gosh, Mummy! Rain was fallin'!
Sistah Flora, we did miss yuh singing in church dis mornin.'
Yes, yes, but rain was fallin' yuh know?'
Mr. Charles, it seems you are late for work again.
Yes sir, but rain was fallin'.
Now on the matters of a good fete (party) "rain was fallin'" is an excuse only used if one was seeking to avoid other attendees of said fete. Otherwise...Let we fete because rain is fallin' and what else is dey to do?
Happy Trini Tuesday!