You'd think in my unemployment I'd have all sorts of time to think up original blog ideas. Actually, I do have a few swimming around in my head and in drafts but they don't seem to want to work. So today you're getting a six year old re-run. I figure so few of you read me back then it's safe. And since I got a generally positive review of another Trini post a couple of weeks ago I'm going for it again.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, I am 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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
on the matters of a good fete (party) "rain fallin'" is an excuse
only used if one was seeking to avoid other attendees of said fete.
Otherwise...Let we fete because rain fallin' and what else is dey to do?