Inspired by My Favorite Books

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It’s not one particular book, but any work put forward by Caribbean writers, telling the tale of Caribbean people in their own tongue. The language does not render the story any less worthy of being told.

“Play is children wok. Let de chile play na.” I tell him as I watch our girl chile playing hopscotch by sheself in de dusty yard. I din say it in no rough way, but I still regret de words as soon as they leave my mout.

“I sure she have homework and plenty oder tings she cud be doin’. You spoiling she ent? Rel bad too. When she come home toting a big belly is you to blame eh. Remember that.” He say, and I cud see that he wasn’t pleased. De big vein on his forehead dan pop up like a monster, and that tell me straightway he not pleased. De way his jawbone moving up and down tell me bad tings goin’ on in his head. Any lil ting cud trip him off at dis point. So I dress-back.

I doh answer he ‘cause I doh want dis to turn into a big ting. Another big ting. I jus want my lil girl to get a lil chance to be a lil girl. I doh want he to start to get on bad, call she inside and create dis big unnecessary scene. I doh want he to lock both of we in dis two by four place we call a house and rush down de road to de nearest rum shop, to drink out his pay packet wit his good-for-nutten frens , for us to end up having nutten to eat for de whole of next week. I doh want dat. So I doh say nutten.

But my brain still woking. How a pregnant belly supposed to come out of a six-year ole chile playing hopscotch by sheself on a Friday evening? Lawd de tings dis man does come up wit to play wit me brains. Is not true that I spoil she. I just want she to experience what a normal chilhood feel like just in case she turn woman, and she find sheself in de same mess I in, at least she will have a lil bit of normal to look back on. ‘Cause I doh even have dat.

Glossary:

Chile – child

Cud – could

Dan – already

Dat – that

De- the

Din – did not

Dis – this

Doh –don’t

Dress-back – relax

Ent- Not

Frens- friends

Lawd- lord

Lil- little

Me- my

Mout- mouth

Nutten – nothing

Oder – other

Rel- really

Sheself – herself

Ting- Thing

Wit- with

Wok – work

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